Last winter, Sheila Eardley didn't turn on the heating.
Since this spring, I have also stopped watching television and listening to music during the day
, says this 74-year-old retiree who lives in a two-room apartment in Brentford, a suburb of London.
During the recent heat wave, I didn't even dare turn on my fan.
Subsisting on a meager pension, she can no longer afford to pay her gas and electricity bills.
They went from 37 to 304 pounds per month in the space of a year
," she says.
Britons are experiencing an unprecedented spike in their energy bills.
The amount claimed from an average household rose from 1277 to 1971 pounds in April.
In October it is expected to reach 3582 pounds and then climb to 4426 pounds by mid-2023, according to consultant Cornwall Insights.
This represents a total increase of 247%.
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," notes Douglas McWilliams, who heads the think-tank...
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