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£2.6 billion of surprise energy debt could lead to domino debts in 2021

Monthly direct debits could soar as a result of pre-lockdown rates being used to determine usage.

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By Charlotte Whyatt · 2nd June 2020

UK energy customers could be facing an average debt of £94 per household by the end of summer 2020, our research has revealed.  

Britons have been consuming up to 30% more energy than normal during lockdown but monthly direct debits are still being calculated from pre-lockdown levels of energy usage.  

As a result, many customers are likely being underbilled for their energy. This eats up any credit you would normally incur during the summer when we generally use less energy, which in turn leads to this accumulation of debt.  

It begins a domino effect of having to pay more for your energy over the coming months even as offices, schools, shops and factories begin to reopen.  

In the worst case scenario, this could lead to customers being caught in a catch-up cycle of debt. The unfortunate combination of no credit to see you through the winter and added debt repayments could cause monthly direct debits to rise considerably.

Thankfully, there is a very simple solution to all of this and the best way to prevent domino debts is to switch for free with Energy Helpline today. You could save up to £461* on your annual energy bills!

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