Concept: High Energy Costs

1 in 3 people worried about energy prices ahead of winter

A new survey has revealed that one in three people in Britain are concerned about the cost of energy as winter rapidly approaches.

The findings by consumer group uSwitch show that more than 50 percent of those surveyed were struggling to pay their bills.

uSwitch’s findings come as British Gas, the country’s largest energy supplier announced a 12.5% hike in electricity prices for 3.1 million customers.

In announcing the rise, the boss of British Gas’ parent company Centrica Ian Conn told the BBC that Government renewable policy costs were behind the rise having risen by £98 since 2013.

“Government policy costs of making it lower carbon are actually also driving it (the increase in prices).” he said.

In fact, new figures released by British Gas show that green programmes impact on electricity bills would hit £165 per household next year, up from £81 in 2014. It said wholesale electricity costs had fallen from £170 to £134 over the same period.

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