Government imposed eco-subsidies are said to have contributed to a recent spate of energy price hikes. But are these ‘green taxes’ really to blame? Jess McCabe investigates
Putting the heating on has just become much more expensive. Let alone keeping the lights on, TV humming, kettle boiling and the whole family’s phones charged. At the time of going to press, four out of the six main energy suppliers had announced price rises, with npower leading the way with a 10.4 per cent inflation-busting rise from 1 December. And this is on top of price rises that have driven average annual dual-fuel bills from £610 in 2004 to £1,130 in 2012, according to the Committee on Climate Change, the independent, government advisor.