Customers urged to switch provider after British Gas hikes prices by 9.2%
British Gas has provoked outrage after it announced its intention to hike up its energy bills by 9.2 per cent.
The increase on dual fuel charges will see £120 added to an average annual bill when it comes into effect from next month.
The decision comes just days after SSE, a competitor of British Gas, opted to put up its own prices by 8.2 per cent.
As a result, home owners are being urged to “take back the power” from energy companies by switching to an alternative, and cheaper, provider.
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The Prime Minister David Cameron has described British Gas’s decision as “very disappointing” and said if people are unhappy with the increase they should consider switching.
British Gas, Britain’s largest energy supplier, has partially blamed the increase on the government’s green levies with growing calls for them to be scrapped or scaled back.
However, energy company officials provoked anger by suggesting people should simply use less energy if they wanted to keep their bill down.
Ian Peters, head of residential energy at British Gas, said the amount people pay on their bill “depends not on price, but on how much gas and electric you use”.
Meanwhile Chris Weston, the company’s managing director, partially blamed the increase on green subsidies.
Thousands of people criticised the company on its Twitter page.
One person tweeted: “I would have been crying if I was the poor thing running the British Gas Twitter account.”