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Unhappy New Year as energy tariffs ending this month could see bills increase by as much as £145

Many householders could be starting the new year with a bigger energy bill as 13 fixed-term energy tariffs – including 10 from four of the UK’s ‘big six’ suppliers – will expire on New Year’s Eve, resulting in average bill hikes of almost 8% for those who haven’t yet switched to a better deal.

Three quarters of consumers want a smart energy meter

Almost three quarters (72%) of UK energy consumers with traditional energy meters said they would be happy to have a smart meter installed, according to a survey by uSwitch.com.

Just a quarter of Brits have changed their gas and electricity supplier over the past year

As temperatures start to fall and many Brits struggle to cope with the pressure of paying energy bills, new research from Mintel highlights the widespread consumer inertia which exists in the energy industry, and finds just a quarter (25%) of consumers have changed their energy supplier in the last 12 months.

1 in 5 Brits plan to book a holiday in January

One in five Brits say that they plan to banish the post-Christmas and January blues by booking a holiday in January.

Festive finance - Five ways to be financially savvy this Christmas

Christmas is a time of good cheer and festivities, but for some the sheer cost of this time of year can be a stark reminder of the need to keep a handle on your finances.

Don't ruin your Christmas - avoid fakes

With Christmas spending in the UK set to reach £22billion this year criminals will be on the prowl to take their share of the profits, cashing in on consumers looking out for good deals to ease the financial strain.

£37: the cost of filling a Christmas stocking

On Christmas morning kids will wake up to stockings stuffed, on average, with £37 worth of goodies including chocolate coins, sweets, toiletries and new pens and pencils.

Generous Britain (GB): Brits lead the way in Christmas gifting

A global study by online marketplace eBay has revealed we buy more Christmas gifts for more people than any other nation in Europe surveyed.

Happier families more positive for their financial future

The latest Lloyds Bank Family Finances report reveals feelings towards the economy are growing evermore positive across all household types.

Energy companies sitting on £1.5bn from overpaid bills

New research reveals that 61% of Brits are overpaying their gas and electricity bills, by £96 on average, which collectively means that energy companies are banking an extra £1.5bn of their customers’ money.

Gogglebox Brits spend £398 per year on TV packages, but only watch 25% of channels

More than six in ten (62%) households pay for TV, spending an average of £33 per month but, according to new research from price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com, almost a third (30%) claim it isn’t good value for money.

Energy prices falling but only for savvy switchers

With wholesale energy prices falling to the lowest levels in the past year, and accusations that energy providers are failing to pass on the fall in costs to consumers, analysis by MoneySuperMarket shows that of the cheapest energy tariffs in the market over the past six months, the majority of providers have cut prices, by as much as £189 in once instance - but only to people who are proactive and switch tariffs.

Annual household bills fall by £70 on average since last election

People pay less now for a range of utility and finance products than they did at the time of the General Election in May 2010, according to research from comparethemarket.com.

Black Friday marks the kick off for the Christmas spending frenzy

Black Friday is set to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year, as retailers adopt the American tradition of offering discounts to entice shoppers in the run up to the festive season, research from Halifax reveals.

Small energy providers power ahead of big six in customer satisfaction

New figures reveal a gulf in consumer satisfaction between the country’s two largest new energy providers and the traditional big six, according to uSwitch.com’s ninth annual independent report of 5,300 energy customers.