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npower customers brace themselves for price hike

Next Monday (26th November), npower’s price hike hits customers.

npower‘s price hikes of 8.8% for gas and 9.1% for electricity will come into effect in one week’s time. A dual fuel npower customer will now go up from £1,244 to £1,356 a year – an increase of £112.

npower is the third of the big six energy suppliers put into effect a price increase this winter, following SSE and British Gas.

Last week npower pulled its Energy Online Jan 2014 plan, the second cheapest fixed plan available on the market.

Households left struggling

Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch, said: “As warnings of sub-zero temperatures come together with a wave of price hikes, many households will be left struggling to keep their heads above water this Christmas.

“Worryingly, almost nine in ten households are expected to be rationing their energy usage this winter and the biggest concern is that this will lead to sacrifices in people’s health and well-being.

“With more than £300 difference between the cheapest and the most expensive energy tariff on the market there has never been a better reason to shop around and make sure you are paying as little as possible for your energy.

Cost of the average household energy bills 

Here’s a summary of the average change in bill prices by supplier:

Supplier Pre-hike Post-hike*
British Gas £1,260 £1,336
EDF Energy £1,202 £1,332
E.ON £1,260 £1,260
npower £1,244 £1,352
ScottishPower £1,349 £1,368
SSE £1,235 £1,354
Average £1,258 £1,334

 

Source: uSwitch. Based on a medium user consuming 3,300 kWh of electricity and 16,500 kWh of gas on a standard dual fuel tariff paying quarterly by cash or cheque

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