ScottishPower’s price hike of 7% for gas and electricity comes into effect next Monday 3rd December.
The average household bill for a dual fuel ScottishPower customer will now go up from £1,349 to £1,368 a year, which makes it the most expensive supplier for customers on a standard tariff.
Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch, says: “The good news is that in real terms this increase is the smallest seen so far by the big six.
“The bad news is that it still leaves ScottishPower customers sitting on the most expensive standard tariff on the market – and that means they are paying far more for their energy than they need to.
Ms Robinson advises people to ‘control the impact’ of the price rises by ensuring they are paying as little as possible:
“There’s more than £300 a year difference between the cheapest and the most expensive energy tariff on the market – all you have to do is shop around.
“Consumers can boost this saving further by taking advantage of some of the free or low-cost home insulation offers currently available – this will help them to reduce the amount of energy they use, cutting their bills down even further.”
“However, people cannot afford to hang around. The cost of the most competitive energy plans is creeping steadily upwards while competitive home insulation offers are gradually disappearing ahead of an end-of-December deadline. These two steps will help you to save money so I would urge consumers not to miss out.”
Average price changes
All of the UK’s major energy suppliers raised their prices, apart from E.ON, which has frozen its prices until January next year.