Scottish and Southern Energy is to cut gas bills by 4% from the 29 March 2010, sparking hopes of an energy price war.
The company is the UK’s second largest energy supplier and supplies gas and electricity through the brands Southern Electric, Swalec, Scottish Hydro and Atlantic.
The average Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) dual fuel customer will see their annual energy bill fall by £30 when gas prices are cut at the end of March.
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Cheaper energy bills
SSE’s move follows British Gas’ 7% gas price cut last month, and has fuelled calls for price cuts from the other ‘big six’ energy suppliers.
SSE’s price changes will save the average gas-only customer £56 a year and the average dual fuel customer £30 a year.
The energy giant will also cut its pre-payment energy prices by 9% (£70 a year), and said this will make its pre-payment tariff the cheapest in Great Britain.
You can compare your current energy tariff to SSE and British Gas tariffs, to find the cheapest deal, using Which? Switch.
Not all energy customers will benefit
As part of its price changes, SSE is increasing the ‘fixed’ element of its energy bills – the initial charge for the first portion of gas used.
Because it is decreasing gas rates above this, the average customer will benefit overall. However, low usage consumers will not benefit from these changes, and may actually see their bills increase.
If you use a lower than average amount of energy, make sure you do an accurate energy comparison at Which? Switch, to find the most suitable tariff for your level of consumption.
Energy price war
Head of switching at Which? Switch Alison Morrison said: ‘Scottish and Southern is the second of the ‘big six’ to cut its gas prices this year, and we’re hoping the others will follow suit.
‘A price war would be great news for consumers, who have been suffering from lack of competition in the market.’
She advised consumers to keep an eye on the rates they are paying for their energy, and compare energy tariffs regularly to ensure they are getting the best deal.
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