Gas and electricity bills £45 cheaper

Gas and electricity bills decreased by £45 between 2014 and 2015. That’s a reduction of 3.3% to an average annual bill of £1.299, according to the Department of Energy and Climate […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Gas and electricity bills decreased by £45 between 2014 and 2015.

That’s a reduction of 3.3% to an average annual bill of £1.299, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Electricity bills decreased by £8 and gas prices were reduced by £37.

They are based on standard consumption of 3,800kWh per year for electricity and 15,000kWh annually for gas, the report added.

DECC stated the fall in gas bills is due to reductions in prices by all major suppliers at the start of the year.

“A £12 rebate was applied to electricity bills for the second year in a row”, it added.

The average annual bill was cheapest for customers who paid by direct debit with an average of £560 for electricity and £682 for gas per year.

And government’s publicity drive to encourage consumer switching seems to have worked. The number of energy switchers increased in the third quarter of 2015. Electricity switching was 6% higher than the third quarter of 2014 and gas  27.6% higher than the same period last year.