Energy bills are falling, as more switch

BURNING BLUE FLAME ON GAS COOKER HOB. Image shot 2006. Exact date unknown. Electricity and gas bills, on average, have fallen by around £45 in the past year, as more and more people switch companies for improved deals. According to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, it shows that electricity bills have fallen by £8 and gas bills by £37.

However, it looks like there's big differences, depending on where you live. For example, in Merseyside, the average is £1,346, while in the East of England, it is £1,261.

The DECC say that these differences are a result of the costs of distributing power.

Either way, customers are getting more canny about finding the best deal for themselves, and the amount of people switching electricity provider in the third quarter of this year was up 6%, compared to the same period in 2014. As for people switching gas providers, that number was up 27.6% in that same time.

A DECC spokesman said: "Keeping bills down for hardworking families is a priority and we are taking action to support bill payers. Energy bills fell by £45 this year and we will continue to work hard to reduce them further."

"Thanks to Government reforms there are now 31 energy suppliers in the market helping to drive more competition and choice for bill payers to shop around for a cheaper deal. This is up from just six in 2010."

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