Older customers might feel the need to compare energy tariffs from other energy suppliers after five of the Big Six upped their prices.
According to Age Concern Bournemouth, more pensioners could be facing fuel poverty this winter because of recent price hikes.
Chief officer David Leighton told the Bournemouth Echo: "There is already a high proportion of older people in fuel poverty and this large increase is going to make the situation worse.
"Inflation for older people is significantly higher than that for the average person and these fuel rises are going to hit them very hard," he pointed out, adding that another cold winter will only add to the problem.
With British Gas' price hike coming into effect last week, the energy supplier's customers will be paying an average of £190 more a year to heat and power their home.
EDF is the only one of the Big Six still to announce a price hike this summer.
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