Energy prices in Britain have seen a sharp and constant increase in the recent past and with that worrying trend comes the prospect of more households being driven to debts to their energy supplier.
Recent study has shown that there has been a 14 percent jump in the average energy bill that consumers get thanks to the hike in both electricity and gas prices from the big six. That pretty much means that with winter soon coming and heating needs obviously on the up, one can expect many more households that are already on the brink and are running on a tight budget to be pushed into the gloom of debt.
Latest figures in the country suggest that around 850,000 electricity customers and over 700,000 gas customers are already in debt to their energy supplier and with the big six working as a united group when it comes to raising the both domestic and business energy prices, consumers are often hard pressed for options.
But Consumer Focus and Citizens Advice have come up with a set of solutions and concrete plan that will help those who are in debt and they are encouraging more and more people to take a proactive stand when it comes to dealing with their energy bills.
Experts suggest that the first step to take is to contact your energy supplier and talk to him about your cash crunch. Contrary to the popular belief, an energy supplier has to help you out with clearing of debt and hence your monthly payments can be worked out accordingly.
There are also discounts and grants available that you might be eligible for and depending on your needs it is the responsibility of your energy supplier to suggest the best possible plan. ‘Plug the debt’ campaign has been designed by the group to deal with these problems and provide feasible solutions. Hopefully this along with cheaper deals will help keep many away from the cash crunch.