BIG Six energy firms are so pricey, the electricity families use before they finish breakfast costs them £400 a year.
A report shows they charge families around £95 a year more than the best-value suppliers to run everyday appliances used in a typical morning routine before work or school.
Researchers looked at ten chores and activities, including making breakfast, using the dishwater and watching TV, and found using non-renewable energy was 31 per cent more expensive.
According to green energy firm Pure Planet, customers on the Big Six’s standard variable tariffs are charged more than £122 a year for 30 minutes’ daily use of a tumble dryer plus 20 minutes of ironing per day.
Making three cups of tea a day adds up to £8.72 a year in energy — while cooking bacon and eggs costs £58 annually, and three rounds in the toaster each morning comes in at £17.
Under the Big Six, an hour’s breakfast television costs more than £12 a year and a morning blow-dry tots up to £15 annually.
But customers using the same amount of energy with Pure Planet would pay just a fraction of the cost due to the way bills are calculated, the report says.
Pure Planet, which was launched by the team behind Virgin Mobile, claimed its lower prices are due to its energy being sold to consumers with no profit mark-up.
Customers only pay the wholesale price for fuel, so are not charged extra for using more energy, like many other power suppliers do.
Instead, Pure Planet makes a profit by charging customers a £10 monthly membership fee.
Co-founder Steven Day said: “We hope this research encourages hard-working families to realise how much they are paying as they are using their everyday household items.
“We want to show how switching to a clean energy provider such as Pure Planet can save them money without harming the environment.
“Instead of pumping nearly a tonne of carbon into the atmosphere, the only thing they’ll be burning is the toast.”
Pure Planet uses only renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, and water to generate electricity.
It also supplies homes with gas, which produces pollutant carbon dioxide, but claims to neutralise any environmental damage by planting trees.
For more information about its tariffs or to sign up, download the Pure Planet app or see purepla.net.
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