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Energy price rises 'avoidable'

It has been claimed that the anticipated double-digit rise in energy bills for British homeowners could have been avoided.A spokesperson for independent gas and electricity watchdog energywatch claimed that the rises are "neither unavoidable for companies nor fair for consumers".She continued: There is no shortage of gas across Europe but the wholesale gas price has been forced up because the major European energy gas producers are able to raid the UK for gas when it's cheap and then sell us gas at a premium when demand is higher."However, she cautioned against people switching their provider too quickly, explaining that it may be best to "wait until the dust settles over the next few months before seeking out the best deal".Energy provider npower recently raised energy prices by an average of 12.7 per cent for electricity and 17.2 per cent for gas and experts are predicting that other companies will follow suit in the months ahead.

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