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Households are being urged to compare energy tariffs for online plans as those who have are paying £140 a year less on heating and hot water, new research shows.
December was the coldest in 100 years, and for consumers each cold snap is estimated to add £7 a week on to fuel bills.
The average household faces an annual energy bill of £1,239 which is up 3.8 percent from September, however according to uSwitch those who are online face an annual bill of £1,010.
"When winter fuel bills start to hit doormats consumers could be in for a nasty shock,” said Tom Lyon, uSwitch's energy expert.
"The concern is that many will react by cutting down on heating and hot water which will severely impact their quality of life.”
Heating accounts for 42 percent of the average bill, with hot water accounting for 19 percent – meaning those on standard tariffs paying the average a year end up spending £756 on heating and hot water alone. Those who switch online pay £616 a year.
Only 13 percent of UK households are on online energy plans, and while some do not have access to the internet, Ofcom statistcs suggest 71 percent of adults in the UK have broadband to take advantage of these discounts.
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