Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch.com, comments: “The extra heating and electricity used during lockdown is predicted to add £195 a year to the average home’s bills.
“So the Chancellor’s initiative to help hundreds of thousands of people make their homes more energy efficient couldn’t come at a better time – especially as energy consumption is set to hike as soon as the temperatures drop.
“It’s particularly important that half of the fund will focus on helping the poorest households, but it’s disappointing that those who rent their home will miss out.
“Any initiative that helps homes consume less energy should be welcomed – but to keep bills down it’s important to make sure you’re not paying over the odds for the energy you do use. Fixed deals are currently the cheapest they have been since summer 2018 so it’s a great time to get off costly standard variable tariffs.”
Uswitch research. Stay-at-home Britons could spend an extra £52m a week on energy bills
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