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Home owners urged to check energy deals

Residential property owners have been urged to make sure they are getting a good deal on their gas and electricity plan, as the gap between the cheapest and most expensive options has widened to almost £100.

Comparison site uSwitch.com said the six main suppliers – ScottishPower, Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE), npower, British Gas, E.ON and EDF Energy – have all recently replaced “highly competitive” online tariffs with more costly alternatives.

It said the cheapest deal on the market is npower’s Sign Online 19, which has an average annual bill of £890.

The most expensive is SSE’s Go Direct 5 plan, which typically costs £984 a year.

Tom Lyon, uSwitch.com’s energy expert, said: “With winter fast approaching, I would urge households to take action to secure one of these lower cost deals now before the window of opportunity closes.”

In related news, Ofgem announced last week that it has launched an investigation to determine whether SSE, ScottishPower, npower and EDF Energy have complied with new rules designed to protect consumers from being signed up to inappropriate price plans either on their doorstep or over the phone.

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