Energy customers who are after the best gas and electricity prices might be concerned to find that their bills have risen significantly since the last of the Big Six energy suppliers announced a hike.
Gas bills have gone up by an average of 17.4 per cent, while electricity bills have become 10.8 per cent more expensive in the last few weeks, as suppliers blamed a volatile wholesale market for their pricing decisions.
However, householders could still save money this autumn by switching tariff or even moving to a different gas provider, with the average amount saved by switching with energyhelpline standing at £453 a year.
Consumers could opt for one of the fixed rate products available; while these are slightly more expensive than some of the online cheapest energy tariffs, they freeze prices until - in some cases - 2015, meaning householders will be protected from future price hikes.
Make sure you're not paying too much for your energy - compare gas and electricity prices now at energyhelpline.com or call 0800 074 0745