EDF last of the big six to increase gas bills with 15.4% rise
EDF has become the last of the UK's big six energy suppliers to announce an increase in gas prices as Brits prepare for a winter of bumper energy bills.
Customers will see their gas prices rise by a huge 15.4 per cent, which remains lower than the other major suppliers, and electricity prices are to increase by 4.5 per cent in line with inflation.
All of the UK's big six energy suppliers have now announced increases in gas and electricity prices (PA)
Scottish Power announced the largest rise of 19 per cent earlier this year, while British Gas, E.ON and Scottish and Southern Energy all announced increases of roughly 18 per cent. Npower customers saw their gas price rise by 15.7 per cent.
Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, said: 'We have absorbed rising wholesale energy, network and other costs as long as possible but must reluctantly now pass some of these through to consumers.'
EDF's price increase will see the average dual fuel bill increase by 33p per day, which works out at around £120 over the year.
According to figures from the price comparison site uSwitch, the hikes introduced by the big six suppliers have increased bills by £224 on average, taking the typical annual household energy bill from £1,069 to £1,293.
Tom Lyon, energy expert at uSwitch.com, said: 'The sad fact is that you cannot have two consecutive rounds of energy price hikes in less than a year without seeing casualties.
'The visible victims are the 6.9 million or over a quarter of all households now living in fuel poverty, but they are more than matched by those for whom energy is rapidly becoming unaffordable.'