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EDF Energy price rise takes effect

EDF Energy’s 10.8% price hike for gas and electricity will hit customers on Friday 7 December.

EDF EnergyThe price rise is the last of the recent round of price rises and leaves the average dual-fuel EDF customerhaving to find an extra £120 a year, with the average annual bill of £1,332.

EDF Energy is the last of the UK’s six largest energy suppliers to implement a price hike this side of Christmas, with E.ON the only supplier to have frozen its prices for the rest of this year.

The news follows EDF’s recent decision to relaunch its popular Blue + Price Promise fixed energy plan. The table below shows average household energy bills for the big six suppliers after the recent hikes added £90 to the average dual-fuel bill:

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
Scottish Power £1,349 £1,368
ovo £1,235 £1,354
Average £1,258 £1,334
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 with bill sizes averaged across all regions. *Bill size in December after all announced price hikes take effect. 

What should you do?

Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch, says: “The high cost of energy is already burning a hole in consumers’ pockets and this winter’s price hikes will only serve to make the situation worse.

“Families face a ticking time bomb – all it will take is a plunge in the temperature for them to feel the full brunt of these higher prices.

“There are better and safer ways for consumers to protect themselves from higher energy prices – making your home more energy efficient will cut the amount of energy you use and moving to a more competitive tariff will cut the amount you pay for what you do use. These two steps will help you to keep a lid on your bills.

“There is currently more than £300 difference between the cheapest and the most expensive energy tariff on the market[5], while some  suppliers are still offering free or low-cost home insulation. I would urge consumers to act on these offers quickly – if you do your homework now, you can ease the pressure of winter’s frosty grasp.”