Charities are warning of a tough winter ahead for many due to energy costs, despite a fall in the price cap.

Ofgem announced in August that the cap on a unit of gas and electricity would reduce the average bill from £2,074 to £1,923 for the three months from October 1.

This is still more than 50% higher than pre-crisis levels, and the Government is yet to announce any financial support along the lines of last year.

These sorts of measures brought the average monthly cost of energy down to £141 but this year, unless further support is announced, average costs from October to December will rise to £160.

Echo: Charities are concerned for those who are using energy prepayment metersCharities are concerned for those who are using energy prepayment meters (Image: PA)

Speaking to BBC News, Matthew Cole, head of Fuel Bank Foundation, said that those who are on energy prepayment meters would be paying around £250 to top up.

He added: "For prepaying customers, when the money on the meter runs out and there's no means of topping up, so does the energy. No money equals no heat, hot water or fuel to cook a hot meal."

Energy price cap expected to increase again in January

Analysts Cornwall Insight predict the cap will rise again by £73 – or around 3.5% – in January due to increases in wholesale energy prices.

The cap does not set an upper limit on actual bills, and households will pay more or less depending on how much energy they use.

Billpayers are advised to submit meter readings as quickly as possible if they have not done so already.

Echo: Billpayers are advised to submit meter readings as quickly as possibleBillpayers are advised to submit meter readings as quickly as possible (Image: PA)

This is to ensure their supplier can accurately bill them for energy used before and after the price cap drop.

On announcing the latest cap, Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley said that now energy prices are easing, the regulator has allowed suppliers to earn a little more money from customers.

He said: “This means there should be no excuses for suppliers not to be doing all they can to support their customers this winter, and to reinforce this we’ll be introducing a consumer code of conduct which we will look to have in place by winter.”

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