The cost of heating a home has risen by 63 per cent over the last five years, with households seeing annual heating bills increase by almost £230 over the period, according to website Uswitch.com.
The average household energy bill - including heating, hot water and lighting will stand at an “eye-watering” £1,334 a year by Christmas, research by Uswitch.com found.
The cost of heating the home accounts for almost half of the total bill, meaning that average annual heating bills will stand at £587 a year by the end of December, up from £360 five years ago.
The “staggering” difference of £227 has “knocked consumers for six”, the price
comparison site said.
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Rising energy bills have become a hot political issue after most of the major energy firms announced steep price rises this winter.
By December 7, five of the so-called ‘big six’ providers which include British Gas and Npower will have increased their winter prices by an average of £90 or 7 per cent, adding an extra £40 to the average energy bill.
Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at Uswitch.com, said: “Many consumers are fearful of how they will afford to keep warm during the winter months.
“Recent price hikes from energy suppliers will add £753 million onto energy bills. Many households will feel that they have little choice but to turn their heating down or off, and by doing so risk gambling with their health. Three-quarters of people went without heating at some point last year, and with price hikes pushing bills even higher this figure is likely to rise.”