EDF Energy customers on its standard tariff will see their electricity bills rise from June, the energy giant announced today.
This will add £16 per year on average to the electricity bill of each of these customers – a 1.4% increase.
This follows just days after British Gas, Britain’s biggest energy firm, said it was upping both its gas and electricity prices.
Read on to find out whether you’re affected, plus how to beat the energy price hikes.
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EDF Energy customers: find out if you’re affected
Only customers who are on EDF Energy’s standard variable electricity tariff will see their bills rise after the price increase comes into force.
You’re likely to be on the standard variable tariff if your fixed tariff has expired or you haven’t changed your energy deal or energy supplier for a year or more.
Your latest bill or online account will tell you the name of your tariff if you’re not sure.
EDF Energy gas customers are not affected by this price rise. Customers with fixed-term energy tariffs will continue to pay the same for the duration of their deal.
Find out what customers think of EDF Energy’s prices and customer service.
Are you overpaying for energy?
Following EDF’s price increase, the average customer of its standard variable dual-fuel tariff will pay around £1,158 per year.
This is £362 more than the cheapest dual-fuel deal on the market at the moment. The increase makes EDF’s tariff the third-priciest compared with the standard variable tariffs of the other Big Six companies come June.British Gas’s price rise – affecting both gas and electricity customers – makes its standard tariff the second-priciest of the Big Six companies. Npower’s remains the most expensive.
How to cut your energy bills
Follow these quick tips to reduce your gas and electricity bills:
- Compare gas and electricity prices to see if you could get a better deal. See our instructions for switching energy supplier.
- Turn down your thermostat. As temperatures rise, reducing room temperature by just 1°C could save you £85 per year.
- Replace light bulbs with LEDs. The best cost around £1.71 to run per year and could cut up to £180 from your bills over the lifetime of a bulb, compared with old-style bulbs.
- Cut draughts around windows, doors and loft hatches to save money on heating. Follow our draught-proofing tips.
Read more tips to cut your energy bills.
Which? reaction to the EDF price rise
Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home products and services, said: ‘The second price hike from a big energy supplier in days will leave customers questioning why their bills are rising again when they’re not seeing improvements in the service they’re receiving.
‘Before the energy price cap comes into effect later this year, customers still stuck on poor-value standard tariffs should look to switch now, as they could potentially save up to £359 a year.’
Which? energy pricing research
Prices are based on a dual-fuel tariff available in all regions in England, Scotland and Wales for an average user (using Ofgem averages of 3,100kWh of electricity and 12,000kWh of gas per year), paying by monthly direct debit, with paperless bills. Data is from Energylinx. Prices given are averages across regions, are rounded to the nearest whole pound and correct on 12 April 2018.