Press release:

More price rise pain for one million customers as npower hikes bills

  • npower is raising gas and electricity prices for one million customers from 17th June[1]
  • Bills will increase by £64 from £1,166 to £1,230[1] – the equivalent of £64 million nationwide[2]
  • npower blames rising wholesale and policy costs for the increase[1]
  • Households urged to show energy companies they won’t be taken for granted and save up to £491 by switching supplier[3].

npower is the fourth of the ‘big six’ energy companies to increase the price of its’ Standard Variable Tariff. From 17th June, one million customers will pay an average of £64 more per year for their  dual fuel bills[1].

Commenting on the news, Claire Osborne, energy expert, says: “npower has reclaimed its top spot as the most expensive big six standard tariff.

“The average £64 rise is the equivalent of almost three weeks spending on energy[4]. npower customers who don’t want to suffer the same fate as households on British Gas, EDF, and Scottish Power standard tariffs have a simple choice to make: stay on a rip-off tariff and watch their bank balance shrink even further, or compare, switch and save up to £491. With the recent wholesale cost increases, now is the time to switch and lock in a fixed deal to protect yourself against future price rises.

“Energy suppliers haven’t been afraid to increase prices in spite of the threat of an energy price cap – perhaps because they’re confident that customers will mistakenly think a cap protects them, so they won’t switch once it’s in place.”

— ends —

Notes to editors

  2. One million customers x £64 = £64 million
  4. £1230 divided by 52 = £23.65 a week. £64 divided by £23.65 = 2.7 weeks’ worth of energy spending.

About us

Launched in September 2000, uSwitch is an online and telephone price comparison and switching service, helping consumers get a better deal on gas, electricity, broadband, TV services, mobiles and personal finance products including mortgages, credit cards, car and home insurance. Last year we saved UK consumers over £278 million on their energy bills alone.

Customers can sign up to an account that automatically monitors the energy market and notifies them when they can move to a cheaper tariff, while broadband customers can conduct a speed test to find out how fast their broadband is and identify the best deal for their postcode.

The multi award-winning 'Switching Made Simple' app allows customers to compare energy, broadband, credit card, mobile and SIM-only deals – and uSwitch also has a UK contact centre manned by energy and broadband experts. Customers can post their latest energy bills to FREEPOST USWITCH to receive a free call back and be guided through the comparison process, or they can email with their postcode and usage details.

uSwitch is owned by ZPG, which operates some of the UK’s most trusted digital brands that help empower smarter property and household decisions including Zoopla, Money, PrimeLocation and SmartNewHomes.

If you would no longer like to receive our press releases please email with 'unsubscribe'.