Energy Price Guarantee extension gives us a short time to reduce usage

UK households will welcome the continued help with energy bills in the Spring Budget but we all still face huge challenges.

It had been widely leaked that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has had a change of heart and he did bow to pressure for a 3-month extension to the Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) until July, fixed at £2500, rather than raising it to £3000.

The Chancellor had been hoping to save £14 billion with the planned move. The EPP itself is set to run until the end of March next year.

The charity National Energy Action (NEA) predicted that with no action, the number of fuel-poor households will rise from 6.7 million to 8.4 million from April – approaching double the 4.5 million households in this position in October 2021.

Rocketing gas and electricity bills

In these strange times, the fact that household energy bills will not be more than £2500 a year up to June under the scheme seems like a gift, but the cold reality is that we are all struggling with electricity and gas prices that have rocketed in the past year.

Electricity prices in the UK rose by 66.7% and gas prices by 129.4% in the 12 months to January 2023, and were some of the main drivers of the annual inflation rate, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Almost 6 in 10 adults are using less fuel in their homes because of the rising cost of living while the government defines ‘typical’ annual levels of consumption of 2,900 kWh for electricity and 12,000 kWh for gas.

Household energy bills increased by 54% in April 2022 and were due to increase by a further 80% in October. The EPG introduction prevented that massive increase.


Crazy energy markets

Looking back a few months to those scary weeks when the energy markets went crazy, we welcomed the EPG in October which helped reduce pressure on energy bills. Without the scheme to limit prices, a typical household’s gas and electricity bill would have risen to £4,279 a year from January under the energy price cap set by Ofgem, the industry regulator.

The price cap is reviewed and reset every 3 months and the hope is that the extension will allow time for prices to start falling in the summer, and so average household energy bills will stay below the £3000 cap expected in June.

We are in another world from just 2 years ago, when average household electricity bills were £760 and gas bills £575, according to government figures.

There is some hope that energy bills will drop a little later in the year, with wholesale gas and electricity prices falling substantially from their peaks in November. It takes time for these market moves to migrate through to monthly domestic bills.

Era of cheap energy has ended

Whatever changes we see, it’s a hard fact that the era of cheap energy has well and truly ended. That means we need to do everything we can to limit our electricity and gas consumption. And we also need to remember that the final part of the £400 households receive in energy support was paid this month.


How to cut energy use

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