Families are facing energy bills almost £400 higher than in a typical year because of the higher use of household appliances and electronics during lockdown. Around 20 million households are using significantly more power than they were before the coronavirus crisis confined people to their homes. A surge in the usage of dishwashers, washing machines, ovens and hobs, games consoles, televisions and laptops, as well as in lighting and heating, means utilities bills could rise by 37pc, or £32.31 a month, according to research from Comparethemarket.com, a price comparison website. It means the average annual cost of a combined gas and electricity bill, which stands at £1,034, could increase to £1,421. The extra energy usage of people who are self-isolating or working from home would add an extra £640m per month to the nation’s bills.
Telegraph 4th May 2020 read more »