Gas and electricity Updated:
The majority of households in the UK will have been reaching for the thermostat over recent weeks as the winter begins to close in.
News that two of the UK's biggest energy providers, British Gas and npower, are to increase energy prices will have come as a blow to many frustrated consumers, already struggling with rising living costs.
It is thought around 11 million British Gas customers will be affected by an average price rise of 6% from 16th November, driving the average monthly direct dual fuel bill up to £1,265 a year.
Director of independent price comparison service Energyhelpline.com, Mark Todd, fears the price hikes from British Gas and npower could see yet more providers follow suit.
"With two significant price rises, from two major suppliers in one day, today is black Friday for consumers.
"An average rise of 8.9 per cent for npower customers, and six per cent for British Gas customers will be a bitter pill to swallow for households facing a harsh winter of higher food prices and now, soaring energy costs.
"The increase for a typical npower customer will be £103 a year, a £61 increase on gas and £42 increase on electricity. With UK fuel bills looking to reach unprecedented heights, we are calling on the government to heed advice from the industry to increase competition and ease the burden of rising household costs.
Todd urged customers to switch to a fixed tariff to avoid their bills rising throughout the winter months.
"Many will be able to save over £175 a year and avoid any more price rises for the next two winters," he claimed.
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*All calculations are for an average usage dual fuel household paying by monthly direct debit. Average usage as defined by OFGEM is 16,500 kWh pa of gas and 3,300 kWh pa of electricity
**based on average dual fuel tariff costing £1,370 (One SSE and BG price rises take effect)
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