If yesterday you didn’t manage to submit a meter reading to your utility company by the deadline yesterday, don’t worry because experts like MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis say utility companies are still accepting them today
Brits cannot send meter readings to their energy company by the deadline midnight yesterday are prompted to keep trying.
Yesterday, millions of households attempted to submit these readings for compensation 54% increase in energy bills coming in starting today, but many missed the deadline.
Those bills are rising because energy regulator Ofgem has raised its price cap, which caps how much 90% of UK households pay for energy.
Households rushed to give meter readings yesterday to ensure all energy they used before the March 31 deadline was being billed at the old, lower tariff.
But many couldn’t submit readings because energy company websites liked it British gas Aeon, Scottish power and SSE all collapsed under the strain .
However, experts say it’s not too late to post meter readings today.
What to do if you missed the reading date?
Justina Miltienyte, Head of Policy at Uswitch.com has urged people not to panic, confirming meter reading uploads will be allowed shortly after the deadline.
Martin Lewis, the founder of MoneySavingExpert, said Brits could have up to a week to submit those meter readings.
Lewis said: “Can’t you submit your meter reading? Just take a picture of it, you usually have up to a week to send it to them.”
On Twitter, British Gas said it was fine to post meter readings “within the next few days”.
Do I have to submit meter readings if I have a smart meter?
If you have a smart meter, you don’t have to do anything.
Your meter readings are automatically shared with your supplier.
How much are energy costs rising?
The Ofgem energy price cap for those on standard tariffs paying by direct debit will increase by £693 from £1,277 to £1,971 from 1 April.
Prepaid customers will see a bigger jump as their price cap increases by £708 from £1,309 to £2,017.
How does the energy price cap affect me?
Households affected by the price cap are people who have energy contracts with variable rates rather than fixed rates.
In short, starting today, households can be billed more per year for average energy consumption on these offers.
That will apply until October, when energy regulator Ofgem reviews the cap. It can decide to raise it, lower it, or leave it the same.
A year ago most Britons had fixed price energy deals because they were almost always the cheapest.
Energy companies competed to lower prices and attract new customers, which worked to the consumers’ advantage.
Before the bills started to mount last September, most people only had variable rate contracts because their fixed rate contract had expired and they hadn’t gotten a new one.
But then energy costs started to rise.
Fixed-rate plans became so expensive that most households switched to variable-rate plans instead — about 91% of us.
In a situation no one foresaw, the price cap became a lifesaver for households as it limited how much they could be billed per year.
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