Energy bills rise by 9 per cent in UK during 2011

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Although domestic consumption levels have fallen when compared to 2010, energy bills have risen, on average, by around 9.2 per cent according to a forecast published by the government - a supporter of the upcoming Big Energy Week - and cited in an article published by Reuters.

UK households paid around £100 more towards their energy bills during this year, compared to 2010 - bringing the price of an average yearly bill up to £1,175 - according to The Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The rise in energy bills can be attributed to members of the 'big six' energy suppliers - each of whom increased their tariffs by a double-digit.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change's data also displayed that gas bills increased by 9.4 per cent - leaving the average yearly bill at £720, while power bills increased by 8.9 per cent - leaving the average yearly bill at £455.

Meanwhile, broker data has also shown that spot gas prices rose by around 15 per cent between January and March of 2011.

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