Energy bills double in past six years, which is just brilliant
Get this. Over the past six years, it our energy bills have doubled in size. And have our wages doubled over the same period? Exactly.
Figures from uSwitch.com are finding that a third of consumers are already saying that household energy has become unaffordable. With the 'Big Six' energy companies shaving off a fraction of our bills (which they've been hiking up steadily for some years now), it isn't surprising that customers are saying that energy bills are the biggest financial concern, ahead of mortgage payments and food bills.
It's little wonder that fuel poverty is such a concern in the UK. Last year, fuel poverty soared to 6.9 million households. Research from Citizens Advice shows that 4 out of 10 people don't think they'll be able to afford their next energy bill.
Many households aren't getting the best deal from their energy suppliers (and of course, they're not prone to offering you the cheapest rates out of the goodness of their hearts, mainly because they don't collectively posses a single heart between them), with various sources pointing toward First Utility's iSave v9 and Scottish Power's Online Energy Saver 17 tariff, which give savings of around £200 each.
Is someone going to make the energy companies accountable at some point soon, or will we have to vote with our feet?