The Times | Energy firms switch on winter increases

Our research on showing an increase in the number of suppliers implementing a winter weighting to their direct debit payments was cited in The Times.

Kate Hill explained that winter weightings have been introduced by some suppliers to help them better manage higher consumption rates. For example, a customer starting a contract in the spring/summer is likely to remain in credit throughout the year. However, those starting a deal in the winter months are more likely to build up a debt.

Suppliers implementing such an uplift tend to be on the smaller size, and while some apply the weighting to customers joining at a specific time, this year most are taking a blanket approach to implement winter weighting irrespective of when a customer’s tariff began.

Kate Hill, Senior Analyst

The Times