Householders might be inclined to compare energy tariffs from other energy suppliers after another of the Big Six announced a price hike.
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) customers will be forced to pay 18 per cent extra for their gas supply and 11 per cent more for their electricity when the price hike comes into effect on September 14th.
The increase will be felt by 5.2 million families who use cheap electricity and by 3.6 million gas customers.
Bills are set to soar by an average of £171 a year because of the hike, which could encourage more people to carry out an online energy comparison to see where they can save money.
The energy supplier blamed a 14 per cent rise in the cost of using energy networks for its announcement, along with the expenditure relating to mandatory green schemes, such as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Warm House Discount.
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