Consumers have been advised to compare energy providers and switch to cheaper deals as the winter months approach.
Julian Knight, personal finance editor at the Independent, said many homeowners will be dreading a similar cold snap to last year and using every method they can to drive down the cost of their energy bills will be crucial to saving money this winter.
Mr Knight recommends that consumers switch energy providers using price comparison sites designed to seek out the most competitive deals.
"Some energy suppliers lure new customers with cheap deals that are soon revoked," he commented. "Switching can ensure you're always on a cheap tariff, but timing is key."
Mr Knight stressed that the process to switch energy providers can take about four to six weeks, so now could be the right time for customers to change suppliers to ensure that they will be paying less this winter.
EDF is among the latest energy suppliers to change its tariff, after having replaced its Online Saver V6 with the less competitive V7.
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