E.ON announced today that it would be hiking prices on dual fuel standard variable rate plan customers by 9% on average — roughly a £97 per year increase.
These new higher prices will take effect 26 April 2017.
Amidst a flurry of price rise activity from energy suppliers — including npower, ScottishPower, EDF Energy, First Utility and The Co-operative Energy — E.ON is the latest energy provider to announce it would raise prices this year:
The supplier, while noting that this is their first price increase in three years, stated that the price change was due in part to "costs it doesn't control."
Also partly to blame, according to E.ON's statement, were increasing policy costs for things such as social and environmental schemes.
In an attempt to offset the impact to its 2.5 million effected customers, the big six supplier stated that it would send personalised quotes to potentially vulnerable customers to notify them of their cheapest tariff.
Five major suppliers have now announced prices rises, impacting a whopping 7.2 million UK energy customers.
These households will collectively be paying more than £530 million more on their gas and electricity in 2017.
"This is a crippling blow to energy customers and only serves to pile further pressure on household budgets, many of which are already at a tipping point," says Emma Bush, energy expert at Uswitch.com.
"While E.ON should be commended for their plans to reach out to its most vulnerable customers, millions will still be affected by this news.
"As usual, it's the customers already overpaying on the their energy — those sitting on poor-value standard tariffs — who are being hit the hardest."
Energy customers are urged to compare energy prices to find the best deal for them.
|Supplier||Previous SVT price||New SVT price||Difference||No. of customers affected||Total impact on bills||Comes into effect from:|
|EDF Energy||£1,069||£1,082||£13||1,943,277||£25.3m||1st March|
|Co-operative Energy||£1,121||£1,179||£58||96,158||£5.6m||1st April|
|First Utility||£1,047||£1,149||£102||117,000||£11.9m||1st April|
|British Gas||£1,044||£1,044||-||-||-||Prices frozen until August|
All bills paying by direct debit on Ofgem medium consumption.