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Widespread shock at winter energy bills

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by David Masters

Two in five UK consumers were ‘shocked’ at the price of their energy bill this winter, whilst a tenth of consumers cannot afford to pay it, new research by moneysupermarket.com has revealed.

The coldest winter in a decade, coupled with soaring energy prices, left many householder a gasp when they opened their heating bill.

A feeling of ‘shock’ came over 42% of Brits when they saw how much staying warm through the winter months had cost them.

An additional 27% were not happy with the size of their winter energy bill, although they had expected that it would be high.

Only 1% said their bill was ‘unexpectedly low’ for the winter period.

One in ten Brits, meanwhile, took active steps to cut their bill by reducing energy usage.

Scott Byron, moneysupermarket.com’s utilities manager, said: “A large number of bill payers are experiencing high costs as 40 per cent of annual energy consumption is used over the winter period.

“It is however concerning that such a large number of energy users are struggling to afford their winter bills.

“It is crucial energy users are aware of the savings they could make by switching provider, and I would urge people to scour the market for the best tariff to suit their needs.”

Price comparison site uSwitch.com recently revealed that household bills have increased by 18% since the beginning of 2008, from an average £1,242 per year to an average of £1,595 per year.

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