Postcode lottery affects energy bills

21 October 2011

electricity-meterWould you believe it! We're all getting shafted by a postcode lottery concerning our energy bills, with some poor sods paying £180 more than others as a result.

According to a uSwitch survey, suppliers are varying their prices according to where customers live by an average of £76.

They state that, in one instance, E.ON is charging one area up to £180 more than those living elsewhere, despite the fact they're on exactly the same plan, paying by the same method and using the same amount of energy.

If you live in Cardiff, apparently, you're paying the most in the country. Those with the cheapest are Brighton, Leeds and Edinburgh.

Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, urged people to use this information to get cheaper deals.

"Even though all suppliers offer their cheapest prices online, these can vary by as much as £180 in one area."

"And consumers cannot assume that their local supplier will automatically be cheaper - not one supplier currently offers their most competitive price in their incumbent or 'local' region. This is why it's so important for households to shop around to make sure they are getting a fair deal."

Swine.

TOPICS:   Utilities   Motoring

4 comments

  • Issac M.
    Fuck me. uSwitch 'opinion' pieces seem to be everywhere today. You'd almost think they have a commercial interest in whipping up a storm and getting people to switch. Oh.
  • callum
    Yes I would believe it, as I don't remember it ever NOT being in place...
  • Dick
    > If you live in Cardiff, apparently, you’re paying the most in the country. > Those with the cheapest are Brighton, Leeds and Edinburgh. > Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, > urged people to use this information to get cheaper deals. So to get cheaper energy prices Ann suggests that someone from Cardiff should move to Brighton, Leeds or Edinburgh? Surely their petrol / train costs will increase when they go to work.
  • Dont D.
    @Dick Of course they'de change their job to something closer to their new home

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