The British Gas Price Rise is Here – And It’s a Big One

…But you can save £240 if you act quickly to protect yourself

It’s never a bad idea to look into whether you can make a saving on any of your essential bills and switching your energy supplier can be a great way to save hundreds of pounds each year. So no matter who you’re with, make sure you know who your cheapest supplier is and how much you could save.


After months of delays, British Gas has finally done it – it has hiked its prices, to the tune of 12.5% for electricity and 7.3% on dual fuel, starting on 15th September. The increase will hit 3.1 million of its customers across the nation. The ‘average user’ will see their bill rise by £76 a year and takes British Gas’ average Standard Variable Tariff to £1,120 for a monthly direct debit customer.

As you can imagine, many British Gas customers aren’t happy with many asking how it can justify such a price hike. British Gas has responded with a statement saying:

“The planned electricity price rise we’ve announced today is the first increase we’ve made in almost four years. It’s a step we have taken reluctantly, and many months after most of our competitors. I want to assure all our customers that we will work hard to be as efficient as possible, deliver great service, and help them keep their bills down.”

Why is this happening? British Gas has said that the cost of getting electricity to people’s homes has gone up and is also blaming the Government.

To this the Government immediately bit back saying ‘don’t blame us’. A spokeswoman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “Government policy costs make up a relatively small proportion of household energy bills and cannot explain these price rises.”

What can you do if you are one of the 3.1 million affected?

Here’s how to could come out £240 ahead

Mark Todd, EnergyHelpline’s founder gives his advice: “If you are one of the unlucky ones hit by this, to beat the price rise you simply have to switch. But don’t worry, it’s quick and easy to do and a British Gas Standard tariff customer can save around £240. If you act fast there are some great deals around now, for example you can fix your energy costs and protect yourself from prices rises until March 2019.”

What else can you do?

Energy suppliers rely on customers becoming complacent, and falling into their most expensive tariff by default. To stay ahead, simply ensure you switch up to 49 days before your tariff ends. Need help in remembering to switch in advance? Here are some quick tips so you can stay on top of it, and keep your bills low.

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