A year of price hikes has heaped the pressure on British homeowners keen to combat the effects of this year’s predicted harsh winter with increased heating use.
While the cost of heating has always been contentious, 2013’s developments have taken public awareness of energy waste to the next level and prompted a mass interest in energy saving techniques and technologies. Indeed, a massive 53% of people surveyed recently stated that rising energy bills had resulted in them now considering taking action.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at each of the “Big Six” and assess the effects their price changes will have on the average property owner in the UK this winter.
Just last month, British Gas announced that dual-fuel bills would rise by 9.2% from the end of November. This includes a 10.4% increase in electricity prices and 8.4% rise in gas prices, raising the average annual household bill by £123 to £1,444. This, however, varies depending on the region – with the biggest dual-fuel increase coming in the north of Scotland at 11.2%, compared to just 6.8% in the south west of England.
The average SSE customer can expect to pay an extra £106 across the year due to a 10% increase to dual fuel bills. The company was the first of the big six to announce the rise in price.
A late price hike of 10.8% towards the end of 2012 angered many of EDF’s customers and just this week a 3.9% rise was announced, effective from January 3.
As of December 6, gas tariffs will rise by 8.5% and electricity by 9%, adding £113 to the average annual dual-fuel bill. Again, the price rise will depend on the area of the country the customer is in; for example, the average will be 10.2% in southern England yet just 7.3% for some areas of Scotland.
The British energy supplier raised its household electricity and gas charges by an average of 10.4%, coming into effect from December 1st. This move affects over three millions customers and will result in average dual fuel bills rising by £137. The move also follows an 8.9% raise in tariffs last November.
There has been no announced price rises so far this year, although price rises have not been ruled out in the coming weeks.
Whatever your views on the current cost of heating your home, many homeowners are choosing to have their property assessed with an infrared thermographic survey in order to identify defects leading to energy loss.
Pound for pound, using less energy is the best way to reduce bills and our clients are often amazed at how much difference simple energy saving measures can make to their own comfort – providing the right areas are targetted.
Our impartial surveys are capable of revealing all areas suffering from heat loss while our detailed reports will breakdown the most pressing problems, allowing for effective prioritisation of refurbishment programs.
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