Gocompare warns duel fuel tariff customers not to fall back on to higher standard rates as deals come to an end this month

25th March 2014

Comparison site Gocompare has warned most energy duel fuel tariff deals are coming to an end and that customers could see bills rocket if they don’t shop around and fall on to the standard tariff of their energy firm.

It warns that energy bills could rise by11.5% as energy tariff plans from the big 6 and other suppliers come to an end at the end March.

It has warned that among the group EDF Energy customers could see biggest potential average annual bill increase of £183.24.

The site warns that on Monday 31 March and Tuesday 1 April, many households could be automatically moved to more expensive tariffs if they haven’t already taken action and switched to a better deal.

All of the UK’s big six suppliers have tariffs that are coming to an end within the next week, meaning that potentially thousands of people could end up paying around 11.5% – or £122.13 on average – more for their gas and electricity. The price increases vary by supplier and region, but range from an average of £60.14 for SSE customers on the Fixed Discount April 2014 tariff, to £183.24, on average, for those on EDF’s Fixed Price 2014 tariff.

Those consumers who didn’t shop around and switch when they received notice of their tariff coming to an end will be automatically rolled onto their supplier’s standard tariff, and so could end up paying more for their energy.

The comparison site calculates that for example, an EDF Energy customer on the Fixed Price 2014 tariff, living in Bristol, would currently spend £1,010 a year on their energy, which would rise to £1,194 on EDF Energy’s standard tariff.***

They could move to Extra Energy’s Fixed Price September 2015 v2 at an annual cost of £1,056, or First Utility’s iSave Fixed v18 May 2015, which would cost them £1,073. While they wouldn’t save on their previous annual bill, they would save over £120 a year in each case compared to what they’d pay on EDF Energy’s standard tariff.

Impact of dual fuel tariffs coming to an end on Monday 31 March and Tuesday 1 April (based on a medium user – 3,200 kWh of electricity and 13,500 kWh of gas per year – paying by monthly direct debit and averaged across all UK regions

Supplier Tariff coming to an end Annualcost Annual cost of standard tariff Difference(£ and %) Date ending
British Gas Fix and Fall March 2014 £1,120.83 £1,192.97 +£72.14(+6.44%) 31/03/2014
British Gas Price Promise April 2104 £1,108.52 £1,192.97 +£84.45(+7.62%) 01/04/2014
E.on Age UK Fixed Price April 2014 £1,048.49 £1,169.50 +£121.01(+11.54%) 01/04/2014
E.on E.on Fixed Price April 2014 £1,045.48 £1,169.50 +£124.02(+11.86%) 01/04/2014
E.on E.on Price Protection April 2014 £998.07 £1,169.50 +£171.43(+17.18%) 01/04/2014
EDF Energy Fixed Price 2014 £980.65 £1,163.89 +£183.24(+18.69%) 31/03/2014
First Utility iSave Fixed Price v4 March 2014 – Paperless £971.46 £1,136.31 +£164.85(+16.97%) 31/03/2014
Npower Price Protector March 2014 £1,125.61 £1,204.91 +£79.30(+7.05%) 31/03/2014
Sainsbury’s Energy Price Promise April 2014 £1,108.52 £1,192.97 +£84.45(+7.62%) 01/04/2014
Scottish Power Fixed Price Energy April 2014 £1,052.96 £1,199.12 +£146.16(+13.88%) 31/03/2014
Scottish Power Online Fixed Price Energy April 2014 – Paperless £1,024.81 £1,199.12 +£174.31(+17.01%) 31/03/2014
SSE Fixed Discount April 2014 £1,164.19 £1,224.33 +60.14(+5.17%) 01/04/2014

Jeremy Cryer, energy spokesperson at Gocompare.com, says: “Your energy supplier will give you between 42 and 49 days’ notice of your fixed term tariff coming to an end, so once you get this you must shop around to see if it’s worth switching to another deal. Otherwise you will be rolled onto your supplier’s standard tariff, which is often the most expensive option.

“Once you have received this notice you can switch with confidence as you can’t be charged a termination fee. And as it can take around four to six weeks to switch suppliers it’s vital that you compare lots of different tariffs sooner rather than later so that if you choose to switch you won’t have to wait too long to benefit from your new energy rates.

“It takes minutes to shop around for a new energy tariff using a comparison site, and all you need is your postcode, annual energy usage figures and a few other details – so it helps to have a recent bill to hand. Your gas and electricity supply won’t be affected by switching supplier, so if you find a better deal vote with your wallet.”

1 thought on “Gocompare warns duel fuel tariff customers not to fall back on to higher standard rates as deals come to an end this month”

  1. Noo 2 Economics says:

    “And as it can take around four to six weeks to switch suppliers”

    Really? Think again, it took 9 weeks to change from Scottish Power to the Co Op and when I checked with OFGEM re the ridiculous delay I was informed there are no rules governing the time taken to switch – it’s simply up to the companies whoi have a “gentlemans (oligopolist’s) agreement that says it would be nice to complete the change in 6 weeks but there is no compulsion.

    Meanwhile I have been left on Scottish Power’s standard rate for 3 weeks longer than I should have been with no one to turn to for redress – another great British rip off courtesy of Mrs “more choice, better quality and cheaper prices” Thatcher – whatever happened to competition? Wasn’t that why they were de-nationalised?

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