British households’ energy bills are set to rise by a third, with an average increase of £32 per month, as consumers use more energy while confined to their homes.
During the nationwide shutdown, usage of home appliances including dishwashers, washing machines, ovens, televisions and lighting has soared, according to new research.
Almost three-quarters (72%) of the 2,000 consumers they surveyed reported increased energy use during the lockdown, with almost half of people (48%) saying more members of the household were working from home.
The extra usage could lead to a 37% rise in energy bills, according to the price comparison site, which it calculates would push up household bills by £32.31 per month on average, or £387 over a year.
If households continue to work from home over a longer period of time, the website estimates the average annual cost of a combined gas and electricity bill could rise from around £1,034 to £1,421.
Many are understandably worried about how they will manage this increased cost, particularly if they are a high energy consumption household.