While there haven't been any price changes so far in 2019, E.ON announced a price decrease for customers on standard variable tariffs of 6% in August 2019.
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E.ON lowered the average price of its standard variable rate tariffs by £77 for around 1.8 million dual fuel customers, effective 1 October 2019.
The big six supplier lowered its costs in reaction to the energy price cap decrease announced on 7 August 2019.
While this is a price decrease, it follows months of price rises from E.ON:
- In August 2018, E.ON raised its prices by an average of 4.8%, around a £55 increase for dual fuel customers
- In April 2018, E.ON removed the discounts it offered some of its customers as well as increasing standing charges for those paying by cheque or cash quarterly.
How much will the E.ON price decrease save me?
As a result of the E.ON price decrease, roughly 1.8 million customers will be able to save £77 a year.
However, although prices have decreased, customers will still not be able to save as much as they could by switching to a fixed tariff and taking control of their energy expenditure. At the time of writing, there is a more than £300 difference between the cheapest deals and the price cap level.
What can I do to save more money than I would by relying on the price cap?
Variable rate energy plan
Fixed rate energy plan
If you're on a variable rate plan with E.ON then your energy prices won't be as cheap as they could be, so it's a good idea to run an energy price comparison as soon as possible to find the best deal for you. And if you switch to a fixed rate plan you can protect yourself from any future price rises for the length of your deal.
Don't be complacent about your fixed rate energy plan - when your fixed term comes to an end, you'll be automatically placed onto a default tariff. This will make you vulnerable to any potential price rises. Make sure to compare the market regularly to see if you can get a better deal.
Why did E.ON lower its prices?
E.ON's latest price change came just two days after Ofgem announced a decrease to the energy price cap.
The new prices set by E.ON are in line with the price cap, at an average of £1,179 for its dual fuel standard tariff. When Ofgem announced a £75 reduction to the energy price cap on 7 August 2019, E.ON reacted by lowering its prices by slightly more (£77).
The default cap tariff is a limit on the unit rate and standing charge that energy suppliers can charge for their standard variable (or default tariffs). While the price cap is a maximum limit rather than a recommeded average price, E.ON is one of the suppliers that have priced to the cap since it was brought into effect in January 2019.
Previous price changes from E.ON
As previously mentioned, E.ON raised its prices twice in 2018. These price rises came into effect in August and April.
Prior to this, in March 2017, the supplier announced a price hike amidst a flurry of price rise announcements that followed a winter of price freezes from the big six.
E.ON's price rise of 9% - 4% for gas and an eye-watering 14% for electricity - made it number four of the big six to announce that, in March 2017 (past the promised months of frozen prices), it would be increasing prices for customers on variable rate energy plans.
All of the big six did eventually go on to raise their prices in 2017, with British Gas holding out until September 2017.
Which energy suppliers have raised their prices in 2020?
There have been no widespread price changes so far in 2020, but that is likely to change when the energy price cap is reviewed in February.
E.ON was the first of the big six energy suppliers to raise its prices to the new energy price cap rate announced in February 2019.
You can read about previous price changes from the rest of the big six below:
Will E.ON raise energy prices in 2020?
The energy price cap is reviewed twice per year, in February and August (to come into force in April and October). It's likely that the price cap will affect energy prices from February, but it's yet to be seen whether it will drive bills up or down.
If you are on a standard variable tariff with E.ON then now is a good time to compare the energy market and run an energy price comparison and see how much you can save on your household bills in 2020.