THE average Warrington household is paying almost twice as much to fuel their home compared to last winter, figures show.
The latest figures from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy show the average household in the town consumed 11,053 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of gas and 2,719 kWh of electricity in 2021.
To put it into perspective, one kWh would run an average oven for around 30 minutes.
As the Government’s Energy Price Guarantee is set to rise in April, more and more customers will begin to face spiralling energy bills this year.
The guarantee is currently capped at £2,500 per year.
The average household on a variable tariff continuing to use the same amount of energy as in 2021 would be paying around £2,300 per year to run their home.
But based on prices last winter, this would have been an annual spend of approximately £1,199 for the same amount of energy.
Chief executive of National Energy Action, Adam Scorer, explained the situation could worsen this year following the end of the current Energy Price Guarantee, which means that one in three households could potentially be in fuel poverty.
Mr Scorer said: "People will be forced to bed wearing coats, ration showers and hot water, run up huge debts or self-disconnect and go cold.
“The effects of this are devastating on both physical and mental health. Make no mistake, cold homes can kill.”
“Government intervention must prioritise the most vulnerable in 2023 and beyond.”