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Home Energy Bills to Fall 7%: How to Navigate the Upcoming Changes




Great news for households: energy bills are set to decrease by an average of 7% starting October. The Energy Price Cap, determined by Ofgem, will be in effect for three months, offering a respite to most consumers in England, Scotland, and Wales. However, there's a flip side – the relief might not be as pronounced as you think. Despite the reduction, energy bills remain high, and many will still be paying more than the previous winter due to the absence of extra Government support. Here's what you should know to prepare and safeguard your finances:


1. Energy Price Cap Drop:

Starting October, the Energy Price Cap will witness a 7% dip. Ofgem's recent announcement has revealed that the cap will be set at £1,923 per year for a typical direct debit household, down from the current level of £2,074. It's essential to remember that this cap applies to the underlying rates rather than capping the maximum payment you might incur, and the cap varies depending on your region.


2. Understanding the Cap:

The Energy Price Cap limits daily standing charges and unit rates. This means that firms are restricted in the standing charge they can impose and the rate consumers pay for each unit of energy. While this is simpler for most, some prefer to know the actual rates they'll encounter.

3. Rising Standing Charges:


Prepare to allocate over £300 per year solely for standing charges, making energy more of a necessary cost. Under the current cap, standing charges average at £300 for those who pay by direct debit. Starting October, this figure will nudge up slightly to around £303. This increase impacts lower energy users disproportionately, reducing their potential for savings by cutting down usage.

4. Diminishing Government Support:


Even with the upcoming drop, many will find that the decrease in rates won't offset the previous winter's Government support of £400, provided as a monthly bill reduction of £66 or £67 from October to March. Those who are lighter energy users will feel this pinch even more significantly. The reduction might still leave households paying nearly double what they paid before the autumn 2021 energy crisis. Presently, there's no news of additional support from the Government for energy bills in the upcoming winter.

5. Assistance for Benefit Recipients:


Benefit recipients will receive cost-of-living payments, with the first £301 payment already delivered. Further payments of £300 are slated for autumn 2023, followed by £299 in spring 2024.

It's crucial to stay informed and proactive regarding these energy changes. Navigating the intricacies of the energy market can be challenging, and that's where Energy Saving Guru comes in. Our team is committed to helping you understand your options and secure the best energy solutions for your needs. Contact us today to discuss how you can make the most of the upcoming energy price adjustments.




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