One of the biggest increases has been made by dual fuel providers, with many of Britain's largest suppliers introducing higher charges in recent times.
Gordon Morris, managing director at Age UK, says: "The rise in everyday costs is in part due to over 55s spending proportionally more on products and services, such as utilities, that have increased rapidly in price in the last quarter."
A switch of energy supplier may be one of the only ways for households to take control of prices and send them downwards.
Conor Pope, writing for the Irish Times recently, said adding insulation to a house is another option to reduce consumption of fuel and pay less.
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