As the new price cap for energy comes into effect on 1st October, all billpayers have been advised to take a meter reading photo to ensure they are accurately billed.
Consumer rights expert Martin Lewis said: “With monthly direct debit, firms estimate your usage, and assign it to a certain period, so submitting a reading within a few days of the change (many let you backdate a few days, too) reduces the risk of their ‘estimating’ going against you (though there’s always a chance a discrepancy could end up in your favour).”
Last winter, the typical UK household paid an annualised energy bill of around £2,100, after deducting thousands of pounds in government support.
This year, from 1st October to the end of December, energy bills for an average household will be £1,923.
Martin Lewis introduced the concept of “meter reading week” to ease the burden on a specific day.