She said: “Customers can send the clearest message that they won’t tolerate being taken for a ride by switching supplier to a cheaper tariff, with savings of up to £491 on offer.”
Support comes from Mark Todd co-founder of energyhelpline who urged consumers to act now to avoid “burning” money an a possible saving of £351 is very real.
He said: “The energy price rise wave is on. First E.ON, yesterday British Gas, and now EDF.
“Customers who stay on standard tariffs are literally burning their money when they turn on the heating. To beat the price rises and pay a reasonable bill I urge you to take a few minutes to switch today.”
And as ever, it is the elderly who are most affected.
According to research from Wiraya of over 2,000 residents last winter, the 54 percent majority of both vulnerable young and old age groups are prepared to layer up rather than turn the heating on in the face of price hikes.
The problem, according to Wiraya is that over a quarter of over 65s – 27 percent – are aware they are currently on a standard variable tariff, and 45 percent of people over 65 state they don’t know or can’t name a means of communication by which their energy provider informs them of their tariff options.
As a result, just 14 percent of customers over 65 say they are being advised on their energy bill by their provider.