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Economy 7 customers could be hit with 35% energy price rise

Huge night time rate hikes could see households paying up to a third more for their electricity

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Some customers could see their bills jump one third in just 13 months

Following four of the big six energy suppliers’ recent price rise announcements, several households have been informed that their Economy 7 plans will see a dramatic increase in cost.

A number of SSE Economy 7 customers have been told that their bills will rise by 17% this month – this follows an increase of 15% just over 12 months ago.

ScottishPower and npower have also announced that some of their Economy 7 customers will be hit with a 13% increase in their nigh time electricity rates.

It is believed that these new price hikes will affect the most vulnerable UK citizens. Roughly 10% of the British population use Economy 7 meters, which are also referred to as white meters.

Tariff changes likely to affect most vulnerable

An SSE customer on an Economy 7 tariff recently got in touch with the Guardian newspaper to complain that his night usage rates have increased by 35% in the past 13 months. The customer explained that SSE’s night time pricing increased from 5.98p per unit to 6.92p per unit in October 2012 and was set to jump to 8.11p per unit in November 2013.

The customer told the newspaper that the price is likely to mainly affect the UK’s most vulnerable citizens.

“This tariff is used especially by people with storage heaters, where it will constitute their major energy cost. I guess that this will include a disproportionate number of both poor people and old people – this is exactly the politically sensitive group whom you might think energy suppliers would try to hit less, not more,” he said.

How does Economy 7 work?

Economy 7 is a special type of electricity plan which sees households charged a different unit price depending on the time of day. People on an Economy 7 plan will pay less for electricity consumed during non-peak periods, typically at night. Households which are signed up to an Economy 7 plan have a distinct type of meter, which is able to measure electricity consumption during the night and day.

If you’re not sure whether or not you are on an Economy 7 plan, the easiest way to find out is to look at your latest energy bill. If it shows a separate rate for day and night time usage, then you’re on Economy 7.

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  • b holmes

    sse a totally rip off firm who pat their back on customer service…yet when I have used their customer service have experienced rude attitude,been cut off after waiting 15mins to get phone answered.I have complained but guess what …no reply.The micro generation site has provided very poor service…rude at times.THE SITE TO GIVE FIT READINGS WAS NOT WORKING THIS WEEK AND GUESS WHAT IF YOU PHONE THEM ITS AN 0845 no.Tonight I am wearing a extra fleece indoors mmm not looking forward to a cold spell.

  • Robert Pearce

    EDF have a 20/20 scheme that is not advertised, Two meters are installed. Day time is standard rate and off peak is 20% off standard rate from 21.00 gmt to 07.00 gmt all week and all weekends. Saved myself alot by using this scheme.

  • Robert Pearce

    I am not sure that EDF are still accepting new customers but worth enquiring.

  • tel

    its about time these people realise that a lot of people cannot afford to pay any more they use to hang highway men and that is what this is .what are they trying to do make electric only affordable to the rich people of this country leaving the poor and old and infirm in the dark and cold because they cannot honestly afford electric and gas all this boils down to is corprate greed.

  • Chris James

    If you think that is bad, try being an Economy 7 customer who is also on a prepayment tariff. I’ve since bought a portable Kerosene inverter heater, a modern hi-tech heater invented by the Japanese and used mainly to heat homes in Japan and on the continent. This uses standard domestic kerosene (28 second heating oil) and warms my living area day and night for around 7p per kw/h. The storage heating is now ripped out, and my electricity top up’s in winter reduced from around £100 a month to £15 a month. Npower can go urinate up one of their own pylons.

  • PowerPoint

    EDF has just been paid 6 million to turn off six windmills in Scotland!