Utility bills up 28% in 15 months

| April 2, 2009 | 0 Comments
Utility bills up 28% in 15 months

Households are now paying £353 more per year for gas, electricity, and water compared to the beginning of 2008, research by uSwitch.com has revealed.

The price comparison site found that households are now paying an average of £1,595 per year for water, heating, and light, 28% more than the £1,242 per year at the start of last year.

The news comes as the average water bill is set to increase this week by 4.1%, or £13 per year.

“A £13 increase in water bills may not seem much, but it adds to the steady flow of money draining away from household budgets,” said Will Marples, uSwitch.com home utilities expert.

“Consumers will be shocked to find that they are now paying an extra £353 a year to cover the bare essentials of heating, lighting and water.

“At the beginning of 2008 these cost £104 a month or £1,242 a year.”

He added that although households can’t shop around for a better value water company, they can opt to have a water meter installed.

“At the moment only 35% of households are on a water meter but we expect this to rise to 37% by March 2010,” Marples said.

“As a rule of thumb, if there are more bedrooms than people in a household then a water meter could be more cost effective.

“If you do switch to a meter and then find it doesn’t save you money you can always come back off it again, as long as you do so within a year.”

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