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1.3 million face energy price rises as fixed plans end

1.3 million face energy price rises as fixed plans end

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More than 1.3 million UK households could face higher energy bills if they don't switch when their plans end this April.

According to new Uswitch research, 56 energy plans are set to come to an end this month. Check out our list of energy plans ending soon to see if your plan is affected.

Customers on these tariffs could see their energy bills increase by as much as £319 if they don't switch – that's a total price rise of £324 million for households across the UK.

Those who don't switch tariffs or energy providers when their plan ends will be automatically placed on their supplier's standard variable or default tariff, which is typically the most expensive type of plan.

With the energy price cap in place, these plans cost an average of £1,138 per year – which is £154 more expensive than the cheapest deal available through Uswitch today*. Plus, by switching to a fixed deal you be protected from energy price rises for a year or more.

You can see the cheapest deals available through Uswitch in the table below:

Supplier Plan name Price
ScottishPower Super Saver May 2022 B2 £1033 Compare now
Avro Energy Simple and UEssential £1043 Compare now
So Energy So Cedar Essential v2 – Green £1052 Compare now
ScottishPower Greener Future May 2022 B1 £1053 Compare now
British Gas Evolve Exclusive Energy £1058 Compare now
British Gas Evolve Exclusive Energy Plus Cover v3 £1058 Compare now
OVO Energy Better Smart £1059 Compare now
Octopus Energy Octopus Exclusive 24M Fixed £1070 Compare now
OVO Energy Better Energy £1079 Compare now
ScottishPower Super Saver May 2022 E1 £1087 Compare now

Based on average bill sizes for a medium energy user on a dual fuel plan paying by monthly direct debit, and averaged across all regions. This information is updated hourly with energy plans which are available to switch to through Uswitch. To appear in this table, plans must be available in at least 7 of the 14 regions.

Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch, said: "The cost of not switching to a new plan when your deal comes to an end can be high, and customers could soon be spending as much as £319 more a year on their energy if they don't take action."

"More than a million households will be on the receiving end of a shock increase in their energy bills from next month if they don't act quickly."

"The good news is that you can switch suppliers, and the process can take as little as ten minutes. You can also use our online guide to find out if your tariff is due to end and what to do next."

*Cheapest deal available through Uswitch on 13/04/21: E.ON Fix 1 Year Exclusive 2021. Average cost £984.49 based on the average bill size for a dual fuel customer consuming medium energy usage as defined by Ofgem (2,900 kWh of electricity and 12,000 kWh of gas per year), paying by direct debit, with paperless billing. Prices averaged across all regions.

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