As the nights begin to draw in and the weather turns more autumnal, thoughts turn to staying warm indoors.
Choosing a suitable energy tariff can be a baffling task with so many providers claiming to offer the best deal on the market.
First:utility tops the market with its discounted variable iSave v12 tariff. Fixed initially for three months, the average cost works out at £1,054. Based on an average dual fuel tariff costing £1,310, this deal gives an average saving of £256.
Mark Todd, director of independent price comparison service Energyhelpline.com, said: "As the UK braces itself for the winter weather and further economic uncertainty, it's a welcome sight to see first:utility buck the current price rise trend by offering cash-strapped consumers a cheap internet and fixed tariff.
"However, consumers wishing to take advantage of the first:utility offer should switch now to avoid disappointment. It's not clear how long this offer will be around for and market predictions show price increases are likely to be imposed by the UK 's leading energy suppliers.
"We have already started to see some of the cheapest tariffs on offer begin to rise in price, and we can only expect this trend to continue as the other providers continue to follow suit."
"For those who move quickly, it could be Christmas come early."
first:utility iSave v12
npower Energy Online Jan 2014
npower Bill Saver November 2013
first:utility iSave Fixed v4
OVO Energy New Energy Fixed
Scottish Power Online Fixed Price Energy March 2014
E.ON Save Online v12
British Gas Online Variable November 2013
Ovo Energy Green Energy Fixed
Scottish Power Online Fixed Price Energy November 2014
E.ON Fixed Price April 2014
npower Go Fix January 2014
Tariffs correct: 28/09/2012
*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 £1,310 (Source: OFGEM 1 Aug 2012)
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