63% rise in heating bills in 5 years
In the past five years, the average cost of heating a house up has gone up by 63%, according to research. Obviously, someone is taking the piss.
uSwitch have calculated this figure, noting that our bills are are £227 higher than they were five years ago, which means that the annual cost of heating a house is now an average of £587.
With rising energy bills, with the heating included, the average household energy bill now stands at £1,334 a year. So dire is this figure that there are reports that many families are planning on rationing their heating over winter in a bid to keep costs down. There's the woolly figure of 87% of families planning to do this.
Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said: "It now costs households a staggering 63% more a year to heat their home than it did five years ago. This increase has knocked consumers for six, leaving many fearful of how they will afford to keep warm during the winter months and leading to growing numbers rationing their energy use even during the harshest weather."
We're going to all end up like Withnail, chucking furniture on the fire, at this rate.