By Jagdish Patel, energy co-ordinator

On Monday 1 April energy prices increased, but you can beat the energy price hike by looking for a cheaper deal and switching tariffs or supplier.

If you’re affected by costly energy bills, please take a moment to find the best energy deal you can. It could make a worthwhile difference to your finances, with those who haven’t switched before saving up to an average of £300.

If you don’t know where to start, the Citizens Advice website has lots of useful information about comparing and switching your energy bill and handy hints and tips to save money.