As the country battles under a blanket of snow, the imminent SSE energy price rise adds a further chill to this winter weather.
As Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com says “From the 1st December the average SSE customer will be paying over £1,200 a year for their energy – this will be a strain for many and potentially unaffordable for some. ”
And adds “There is now £419 between the cheapest energy plan and most expensive in the market* – this is the equivalent of saving a third off your yearly household energy bill so I would urge consumers to start making the market work for themselves today by shopping around for a better deal.”
Whilst SSE prices rise, along with other of the ‘Big 6′ Energy suppliers, E.ON have introduced a new cheaper fixed price energy plan and EDF Energy have frozen energy prices.
As also recently announced, Ofgem is to investigate energy supplier price rises. This will take time though and it is vital that consumers just don’t sit back and wait for the outcome – assess the market and switch energy supplier if appropriate.
* Most expensive energy plan is ScottishPower’s standard plan POR (see table in release above) £1,357 a year. Cheapest energy plan is First:Utility’s online plan iSave V6 at £938 a year. Difference between the two plans is £419.