The industry regulator has confirmed an increase of 80.06%, or £1,571, with the new cap coming into effect for around 24 million households in Scotland, England and Wales in October and will remain in place until until it is adjusted again on December 31.
Ofgem’s Chief Executive Jonathan Brearley warned of the difficulties energy prices will cause this winter and urged the new Prime Minister and new Cabinet ‘to provide a further and urgent response to the continuing spike in oil prices energy”.
Martin Lewis has made a desperate plea for prices to be frozen, warning that price hikes will lead to deaths across the UK. Express reports that average electricity prices will rise from 18p p/kWh to 52p p/kWh.
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As Brits look for ways to cut costs, they’ve been warned not to turn off their routers at night.
The UK’s major internet service providers (ISPs) including Sky, BT and Virgin have warned households to keep routers on 24/7 or risk missing important security updates.
Aman Bhatti, Director of Proposals for Sky Broadband, told the Express“We know our routers are put to the test during the day – whether it’s video calling, streaming the latest show, or playing online games. That’s why our routers run the firmware update overnight, to avoid unnecessary downtime during the day.
“Turning off your router overnight can affect automatic software updates and optimizations, which can impact the overall performance, speed, and stability of your broadband. Other connected devices in the home that are connected to your router will also be affected by delayed updates.
“All of our current hubs are EU Eco-design regulation approved, which means no excessive power consumption is used.”
BT issues a similar warning to customers, saying: “It is important to ensure that you leave your hub switched on and connected at all times. This will allow us to give you the fastest and most stable service, and to guarantee that your hub is kept up to date.”