Energy bill SHOCK: EDF to HIKE electricity prices by 8.2 per cent

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The French-owned provider hinted it will freeze variable electricity prices before costs prove adequate to b come to get in March.

Variable gas prices are to cut by 5.2 per cent in January, affecting 700,000 consumers.

The overall price changes mean a standard dual fuel charge debit bill will rise by 1.2 per cent to £1,082 a year – the most high-priced out of the biggest six energy providers, according to com rison site Uswitch.com.

Round 200,000 pre- yment gas customers will get a 12.9 per cent cut for three months from January in the vanguard a price cap recommended by the Competition and Markets Authority takes effect.

Beatrice Bigois, overseeing director of customers at EDF Energy, said: “We want to help loyal people by cutting gas prices ahead of the coldest winter months, and delaying verve increases until later in the year.

“This will save people money this winter.

“Gas pre- yment customers on our variable tariffs intention also benefit three months ahead of the price cap being offered following the Competition and Markets Authority investigation.

“Many industry commentators would rather said that prices charged by energy suppliers will arise after the winter. We are being open about the fact our electricity bounties will go up after our price freeze. But we also know it is right to no longer in on to loyal customers the fall in gas costs that energy suppliers be subjected to seen over recent months.

“With energy prices stir up, we will continue to make it easy for customers to move on to EDF Energy’s settled tariffs, where they can save money and get peace of mind. Admitting customers know now provides them with more time to keep track of exclude in a cheaper fixed deal.”

Households have been warned that uncountable energy providers could now follow suit and raise bills.

Claire Osborne, uSwitch.com vim expert, says: “Increasing the price of an already high energy neb could leave almost two million EDF standard variable customers distorting under the pressure, and it’s a bitter pill to swallow even if it is after the winter months – consumers appease need to keep the lights on.

“With wholesale costs rising, bug c snuff out further pressure on bills, we have already seen the cheapest distribute rise by £126 in the st two months, and the danger is now that the other big six suppliers wish follow suit with their own price hikes in the spring.

“But purchasers concerned about the rising cost of energy don’t have to sit back and surveillance their energy costs soar.

“They should shop approximately and switch to a fixed deal now to protect against any future price climbs.”

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