SSE has become the latest – and last – of the big six energy suppliers to hike bills for 2.1million customers.
It follows in the footsteps of Scottish Power and British Gas who pushed up prices on Tuesday, and Eon, EDF and Npower, who announced hikes last week.
SSE has hiked its prices for customers on an SVR tariff
The price rises will affect households who are on its standard variable tariff, adding another £116 a year to bills.
From April 1, bill payers face forking out £1,253 a year on average for their gas and electricity supply, up from £1,137.
Prepayment customers who top up a metre to pay for their energy will also see their bills rise by nine per cent, adding an extra £106 a year.
Providers have inflated prices to the same level as energy regulator Ofgem’s new standard variable and prepayment meter price caps, which take force from the start of April.
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uSwitch.com SSE is the latest of the Big Six suppliers to hike prices
Tony Keeling, spokesperson for SSE said that the firm “regrets” having to push up prices and blames rising whole sale costs.
He added: “However, we don’t want our customers worrying about their energy bills and there is a lot of support available, including financial rebates for vulnerable customers, energy efficiency advice and access to money saving tariffs and bundles.
“Our customer service team is here to help in any way they can and I would encourage anyone worried about today’s announcement to get in touch.”
But households may be able to save money by switching supplier.
Comparison site uSwitch.com reckons you could save up to £324 a year by locking in to a fixed-rate deal.
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Richard Neudegg from the site, said: “Energy customers should be under no illusion that these standard tariffs represent a good price for energy.
“We could be looking at a total price rise of almost £1.7 billion – one of the biggest hikes on one day in nearly a decade.”
If you are considering changing your supplier, then these are the cheapest tariffs you can switch to ahead of Ofgem’s price cap
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How to switch suppliers and save SWITCHING suppliers is the best way you can cut your energy bills. Here’s what you need to do.1. Shop around – If you’re on an expensive Standard Variable Tariff (SVT) deal you are throwing away up to £300 a year. Use a comparison site like MoneySuperMarket.com or EnergyHelpline.com to see what best deals are available to you.
The cheapest deals are usually found online and are fixed deals – meaning you’ll pay a fixed amount usually for 12 months.
2. Switch – When you’ve found one, all you have to do is contact the new supplier.
It helps to have the following information to hand – which you can find on your bill – to give the new supplier:
Name of your existing supplier
Name of your existing deal and how much you pay
An up-to-date meter reading
It will then notify your current supplier and begin the switch.
It should take no longer than three weeks to complete the switch and your supply won’t be interrupted in that time.
For more advice read our guide on how to switch.
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