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Energy tariff warning: eight fixed tariffs ending on 30 September

On Tuesday 30 September eight fixed energy deals will come to an end, bringing in an average annual bill increase of 11% – or £108 – for those consumers who have not switched to a better deal.

Five weeks until the big heating switch on

Last year, half of Brits turned the heating on around the 13th October – with only five weeks to go until the 2014 ‘big switch on’, MoneySuperMarket.com is urging consumers to switch suppliers now and save up to £205 in time for the return of cold weather.

1 in 10 Brits paid last month’s gas or electricity bill on credit

One in 10 UK adults – the equivalent of 7.6 million people across the country – used credit to pay off at least one of their utility bills last month.

Consumers continue to ditch uncompetitive energy giants

Over the last six months, 71% of households that have switched energy provider have chosen deals from smaller ‘challenger’ brands, including Extra Energy, First Utility and Ovo Energy.

First Utility reaches milestone of 1m customer accounts

First Utility, UK’s energy company, has announced it is the first independent supplier to reach 1 million customer accounts. The significant milestone follows consistently high growth, which has seen a ten-fold increase in customer numbers in under three years.

Thirteen cheap fixed energy tariffs about to end

Commenting on the thirteen tariffs expiring between 31st August and 31st October, Stephen Murray, energy expert at MoneySuperMarket said: “Savvy switchers who are on last year’s cheapest deals need to act now to save again as they face paying up to £205 more than they need to for their energy.

Warm Up North helps residents access energy efficiency solutions worth £3m

Warm Up North helps residents access energy efficiency solutions worth £3m

One of the UK’s largest energy efficiency initiatives, Warm Up North has now installed around £3 million worth of energy efficiency improvements in over 2,000 North East homes since the scheme started.

Extra Energy launches cheapest energy plan on the market

Commenting on the latest and cheapest energy deal to enter the market, Emma Bush, energy expert at uSwitch.com, says:

‘Suppliers out of excuses’ for high energy bills

Citizens Advice has called on the energy industry to be frank with its customers about why energy costs are so high, particular as wholesale costs are down.

Big six fall out of love with new customers

MoneySuperMarket data shows that British Gas, EDF, Eon, nPower, Scottish Power and SSE have been absent from the top five tables since Valentine’s Day.

Plans for tough new energy market manipulation penalties

New laws would give UK energy regulators new powers to prosecute people suspected of abusing the energy market.

Signs of swifter energy switching

Switching energy supplier has begun to speed up following Ofgem’s pledge to enforce maximum 17 day transfers by the end of the year, according to price comparison service Make It Cheaper.

The best energy tariffs come in small packages

With three energy companies now offering dual fuel bills that cost less than £1,000 a year, analysis from Gocompare.com has shown that the vast majority (70.5%) of people who have switched energy provider recently chose a small supplier, while just over a quarter (29.5%) opted for a tariff from one of the UK’s ‘big six’.

SSE and UKPN pay out £8 million following Christmas storms

Ofgem has secured an additional £3.3 million from SSE and UKPN after its investigation into the companies’ performance during the exceptional storms last Christmas in the south of England.

Households set for energy bill increase of up to £188 as fixed tariffs end

Consumers on some fixed energy deals could see their bills rise by up to £188 a year unless they take action to switch tariffs, uSwitch.com has warned.