Customers of energy suppliersBritish Gas paid less for their fuel bills this past winter compared to the one before, new data reveals.
Despite the UK experiencing one of the most biting winters in years, British Gas customers paid less for their gas and electricity in the 2009/10 winter period compared to the 2008/09 period.
Analysis by British Gas shows that fuel bills for its customers for the first three months of 2010 totalled around £373, which is £8 less than bills during the same period last year.
According to the energy supplier, the rise in the amount of gas used during the cold snap was counteracted by overall reductions in energy use. British Gas' seven per cent reduction in gas prices earlier this year also allowed prices to remain relatively low.
Furthermore, consumers are able to make greater savings by switching energy tariffs to more cost-effective options.
Phil Bentley, managing director of British Gas, said: "This extensive analysis of all our customers' winter bills shows that despite the increased gas use during the severe cold snap, we are succeeding in making overall reductions in the use of gas and electricity, against the reported trend in the UK."
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