CHESTER, England, January 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
- 40 per cent of annual energy consumption used during winter months
- Energy users on standard tariffs could save £199 a year by swapping to an online deal
- Bill payers beware - three fixed energy deals come to an end in January
The New Year could start with the arrival of a hefty winter energy bill warns MoneySupermarket.com.
Analysis from Britain's number one comparison site found homeowners use around 40 per cent of their annual energy consumption during the winter months.Customers on standard tariffs could therefore face a gobsmacking bill of £514 next month - a wallet-busting blow for any household following an expensive festive season. Consumers can take action to offset the cost of fuel bills by swapping to the best available online deal (paying by monthly direct debit) to make an annual saving of £199, or 16 per cent.
Scott Byrom,utilities manager at MoneySupermarket.com said: "The start of a New Year is an expensive time as consumers deal with a festive financial hangover - a huge energy bill will come as an additional nasty shock.
"With the cost of gas increasing by 17.4 per cent and electricity up by 10.8 per cent following recent price rises, many will struggle to cope with the crippling costs of energy this winter. Those languishing on their provider's standard deal should take action."
As 2011 ends, so do some fixed energy deals!
Research also reveals some people on 'fixed' energy deals need to beware that their deals could be coming to an end. According to MoneySupermarket.com, SaveOnline v4 from E.ON, Fixed Price 2012 from British Gas, and PriceSure Energy from Scottish Power are due to finish throughout January.
Scott Byrom continued: "Languishing on fixed deals could spell bad news for Brits when they expire. In the worst case scenario, providers could automatically switch customers across to a more expensive standard tariff. Shopping around could mean a saving of over £360 by swapping to the current market leading deal, however, in an ideal world, customers who have fixed deals expiring should look to switch at least six weeks before the termination date of the deal to avoid automatically being moved onto what could be a more expensive tariff.
"Time is of the essence when proactively looking for a new energy product. Move off your fixed rate too early and you could face termination fees of up to £75, but move too late and you might find yourself automatically moved to the standard deal or locked into a less attractive fixed deal which isn't competitive."
Scott Byrom concluded: "Furthermore, despite a fall in the price of wholesale gas, the market indicates we could see further price increases in April or May 2012, and early estimates indicate a hike of around ten per cent for both gas and electricity. Apathy won't be rewarded so getting on the best deal for you as soon as possible is crucial."
Notes to Editors:
Quarterly energy consumption breakdown based on typical annual household consumption:
Quarter Electricity (%) Gas (%) Combined (%) 13 August - 12 November 21.3 14.2 17.75 13 November - 15 February 32.9 45.9 39.4 16 February - 16 May 25.1 29.6 27.35 17 May - 17 November 20.7 10.3 15.5
 Average standard tariff is £1,286.58. 40 per cent of £1,286.58 = £514.63
Average standard, online / best and fixed tariffs:
Average Average Saving Standard Average Online/Best against Provider Tariff Tariff Fixed Tariff Standard British Gas GBP1,286.04 GBP1,099.05 GBP1,150.06 Web Saver 13 Online Fixed GBP186.99 EDF Energy GBP1,240.26 N/A GBP189.58 E.ON GBP1,254.55 GBP1,094.89 GBP1,189.88 SaveOnline v10 Fixed Price Apr 13 GBP159.66 npower GBP1,282.43 GBP1,135.26 GBP1,086.92 Sign Online 25 Go Fix 8 GBP147.17 Scottish GBP1,085.57 GBP1,133.78 Power GBP1,391.21 Online Energy Saver 17 Online Fixed Price Energy (January 2013) GBP305.64 Scottish & GBP1,142.18 Southern GBP1,265.00 N/A Price Fix 6 GBP122.82 First Utility GBP1,030.03 iSave v9 OVO Energy GBP1,114.68 New Energy Fixed Average GBP1,286.58 GBP1,088.96 GBP1,111.63 GBP199.51
Sourced by http://www.moneysupermarket.com 19.12.2011
 Energy tariffs coming to an end (January and February 2012):
Saving by Energy Bill switching after End to Market Date Leading Provider Tariff Name End Date (Standard) deal E.ON SaveOnline v4 15/01/2012 GBP1,254.55 GBP224.52 British Gas Fixed Price 2012 31/01/2012 GBP1,286.04 GBP256.01 Scottish Power PriceSure Energy 31/01/2012 GBP1,391.21 GBP361.18 British Gas WebSaver 10 29/02/2012 GBP1,286.04 GBP256.01 Scottish Power Online Energy Saver 12 29/02/2012 GBP1,391.21 GBP361.18
Current Market Leading Deal - First Utility iSave v9 £1,030.03
Sourced by http://www.moneysupermarket.com 22.12.2011
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