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Fix your energy tariff before winter price hikes

Fix your energy tariff before winter price hikes

Category: Gas and electricity

Updated: 09/09/2013
First Published: 09/09/2013

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After a long, hot summer the last concern on consumers' minds will be paying for gas and electricity bills in the cold months ahead, but, with prices expected to rise again, now might be the perfect time to fix your bills.

The comparison site Energyhelpline predicts that in the next few months the Big Six energy providers (British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE) will have announced price increases of between five and ten percent.

This would push the average consumer's annual energy bill up from £1,420 to £1,560 – a £140 increase per year.

Meanwhile, research reveals that 86% of the 2,897 consumers who switched via energyhelpline's service between the 1st and 5th of September opted for a fixed rate tariff in order to protect themselves from future price hikes.

In August, switching levels increased by 36% from the previous month.

"Most households, over 20 million in fact, are not on a fixed rate tariff and are likely to face a nasty shock come winter if they choose not to act," said Mark Todd, director of energyhelpline.

"Typical energy prices will probably have hit new record highs of over £1,500 a year by the end of the winter."

Recently, a number of competitive fixed price tariffs have been launched, but consumers have been warned that these deals might not be around for too much longer.

Below is a list of the top 10 fixed price energy tariffs currently available.

Top 10 fixed energy tariffs



Average Cost

Saving vs non switcher's typical bill*

Fixed until

M&S Energy

Fix & Save



Sep 30, 2014


Online Price Fix October 2014



Oct 31, 2014


Online Fixed Price Energy November 2014



Oct 31, 2014


Blue+Price Promise December 2014



Dec 31, 2014


Fixed 1 Year v4



12 months


iSave Fixed v8 September 2014



Sep 30, 2014


iSave Fixed v10 January 2016



Jan 31, 2016


Price Protector September 2016



Sep 30, 2016


Price Freeeeze November 2016



Nov 30, 2016


Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy January 2017



Dec 31, 2016

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