SSE customers: your energy bills will rise from 28 April if you don’t act
This is a gentle reminder to customers of SSE: your bills are set to go up at the end of the month.
If you get your gas and electricity from SSE, you have until 28 April to switch and bag a cheaper deal.
SSE’s price hike was announced in early March and will see electricity soar by 14.9%, meaning a typical dual fuel customer will see their annual bill climb by £73 to around £1,141 a year.
The Perth-based Big Six giant, which has 2.8 million customers, blamed the rise on government green energy policies and the smart meter roll out.
SSE’s managing direct, Will Morris, said he “deeply regretted” having to raise prices.
He said: “We have seen significant increases in electricity costs, which are outside our control.
“Without an increase, we would have been supplying electricity to domestic customers at a loss.”
Whatever the explanation, make sure you don’t sleepwalk into overpaying to heat your home.
There are still plenty of decently priced fixed tariffs on the market; one company, Bulb Energy, has even announced it is dropping prices.
SSE lost 130,000 customers in 2016 and will likely lose many more as households switch to dodge higher bills.
The cheapest deals on the market are around £830.
After a two-year investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority found that 70% of domestic customers of the Big Six were stuck on overpriced standard variable tariffs, and could save more than £300 switching, the government is considering an energy price cap.
Leading criticism of the energy market, Tory MP John Penrose said: “We still get lots of competition, lots of choice, but it does mean the most vulnerable of us or those of us with least time to switch suppliers don’t get ripped off.
“In most things in life, if you are a loyal customer you are valued and rewarded. But apparently for your energy bill, loyal customers in the view of big energy firms are there to be exploited and not rewarded – and that doesn’t seem fair.”
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