People with a £1k a year bill will find themselves paying up to £4k in 2022/23. Some things you should do,
Stay on the standard variable rate, do not start new 12 or 24 month fixed rate tariff deals
Send in meter readings at least 6 times throughout the year, this prevents estimated bills
Look for help with payments from your local council, SP's Warm Home discount, and DWP, Ask Citizens Advice for other possible benefits,
Plan ahead for high bills.
Try to cut down on heating Heat is the most expensive part of energy costs, lighting and tv do not cost very much
@zoe1984 The general advice is to stick to the standard variable rate contract. The government is spending billions to shield people on these contracts, but if you step outside the shield you pay the full commercial rates. The standard rate will go up in April but will still be cheaper for you over the next year.
Scottish Power are trying to get people onto fixed contracts by quoting cheap starting DDs but they will quickly be increased, so stick with the capped government standard rate.
A further comment, SP and most suppliers hate the capped standard variable rate which they are forced to offer at a loss or very little profit. It costs the government billions to shield variable rate tariffs and they are definitely the best tariff for consumers this year and next year.
@Gclayton2022 When your fixed tariff expires you should do absolutely nothing. Do not take up a new fixed rate deal even if the SP salesman tells you to. You will be automatically put in the variable tariff.
whatever the unit costs a variable rate tariff cannot be more expensive than the government limits of the rate cap.
Fixed deals are not protected and allow SP to charge the full commercial cost, that is why SP are so keen to get you on another fixed deal.
To repeat the message. Do not start a new 12 month contract, let your contract finish and you will be put onto the standard variable rate or SVR.
The SVR is subsidised by the government, costing billions a year, and it protects you from the worst of the energy crisis.
The SVR costs increase on 1 April this year, it may seem shocking, but it is the cheapest deal on the market. There is no point in switching supplier as all the SVR rates will be the same from all the suppliers. It uses the government price cap. Suppliers hate it because they can't make a profit from it, that is why so many suppliers have gone broke.
@natwalton1 Stay on the default standard variable rate, it will increase in April and again in October but because it is price capped and subsidised it is always the cheapest option. The 12 and 24 month deals are exposed to the full price increases on the international markets.
Yes you can always switch away from the standard rate at any time but it will cost you a LOT of money.