The cost of energy has by 54% - an average of £693 per household. London residents will feel the impact in their wallets and purses.
Fortunately not all hope is lost as there are a number of ways to save money on energy. With careful planning families can make significant savings even if they don't have much time or money to spare.
Here are some of the easiest and cheapest ways to reduce energy bills:
Turning off lights
There is no need to keep lights on when they're not needed.
Installing LED lightbulbs
LED lightbulbs use 90% less energy than traditional ones.
Putting lids on saucepans
Food cooks more evenly and quicker when the lid is left on the saucepan.
Turning down the thermostat
Keeping the thermostat down as low as possible can knock off as much as 10% off heating bills.
Washing clothes at 30 degrees
Most items can be safely washed at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees. This can cut energy use by half. There are washing detergents which work just as effectively at lower temperatures.
Turning appliances off
Make sure appliances are turned off at the plug socket and not left on standby.
Using energy efficient appliances
Consider switching to energy-efficient appliances.
Choosing the lowest tariff
Make sure you're on the best tariff for your energy consumption.
Switching energy companies
Switch energy companies. It is an easy way to save money on bills. Ofgem offer free and impartial price comparison service at Uswitch to compare deals and help you find the best deal for each household’s circumstances.
Use a smart meter to monitor your use in real time, so you can see when you're using a lot of power and change your habits accordingly.
Where families can get help if they are struggling
Families who are worried about their energy bills can get help through the Warm Home Discount scheme.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme offers a one-off discount of £140 off electricity bills between September and March. This money is automatically applied to qualifying customers' bills.
Another option for families to access help with paying bills is through the Priority Services Register (PSR).
PSR offers customers with special needs extra support from their energy suppliers such as advance warning of power cuts and regular meter readings for customers who are unable to read their own meters or have problems with prepayment meters.
The government announced a relief package which will benefit around 28 million households. Households will receive an upfront discount on their bills worth £200. Energy suppliers will apply the discount to domestic electricity customers from October, with the government meeting the costs.