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Save money on your energy bills this winter

Save money on your energy bills this winter

Category: Gas and electricity

Updated: 23/01/2013
First Published: 23/01/2013

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As the icy blast tightens its grip on the UK, there has never been a better time to shop around for the best gas and electricity tariff.

A number of providers have announced price hikes so far this winter, with the typical energy bill expected to rise by at least 60% to over £600 for the months December to February. Just five years ago, during the winter of 2007 and 2008, a typical bill stood at £314.

Despite a flurry of rising energy prices, a number of providers have stepped forward with low tariffs to help struggling households keep warm.

For example, new tariff launched by Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) today pledged to save consumers up to £254.

The Discounted Energy Bonus April 2015 is a discounted energy tariff, returning an average annual bill of £1,146. Prices are guaranteed to be 11% cheaper until 31st March 2014 and 2% cheaper from 1st April 2014 until 1st April 2015, compared with the standard tariff offered by SSE.

Mark Todd, director of independent energy price comparison site Energyhelpline, said: "There is a real possibility that vulnerable members of the public, including those who suffer fuel poverty, will face a struggle to keep warm in their own homes.

"The savings people can make simply by switching energy suppliers are significant. Whilst consumers may feel powerless, or confused, when it comes to their energy bills, there are simple ways to find out how they can stand up against inflated pricing."

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