E.ON sparks furious backlash after blaming Martin Lewis for website outage

ENERGY firm E.ON has angered customers after blaming MoneySavingExpert's Martin Lewis for its website crashing.

Households are scrambling to submit meter readings today before the energy price cap rises, with supplier's websites struggling under the increased demand.

Millions of households are set to see their energy bills rise from tomorrow when the price cap increases to almost £2,000.

MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis is one of many experts who've urged households to submit a meter reading today ahead of the price cap rising tomorrow.

Energy firm E.ON Next, part of the E.ON energy company, responded to a complaint about its website being down by blaming the money guru.

The tweet, which has now been deleted, said: "Martin has once again created unprecedented demand bringing down Britain."

Customers jumped to defend the money guru on Twitter.

One said: "His tip to read your meter today, which has been picked up everywhere, is actually for the benefit of Britain's consumers."

Another said: "Nice to see that @EON_NEXT have the money to spend their time criticising Martin Lewis for trying to help people, while they themselves can't be bothered to pay for a working website…"

The tweet has also inspired comments linked to actor Will Smith and Chris Rock's infamous Oscar conflict, with a user stating: "Get Martin Lewis' name out your mouth."

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Supplier websites such as Eon's, British Gas and Scottish's Power's have all experienced glitches and crashes today due to the sheer number of users.

Many customers have been unable to login and submit meter readings online and users have taken to Twitter to complain.

E.ON Next and Mr Lewis have been asked for comment.

What happens if you can't submit it today?

It is still possible to submit a reading taken today at a later date.

You should still take a picture of your meter reading and keep checking if your suppliers' website is back up and running if you are experiencing issues.

Most firms will let you submit it tomorrow or another day and backdate it to March 31.

Just make sure you have taken a picture as evidence.

Some suppliers have also told customers to send them a direct message on social media with their meter readings while websites have crashed.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also announced a £150 council tax discount for millions of households in an attempt to ease the cost of living crisis.

Your local council may be able to help with cash and grants if you are struggling with bills through the Household Support Scheme.

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