Households cut energy use by a quarter as prices soar

Government figures show that households in England and Wales cut their energy use by a quarter between 2005 and 2011 as prices soared, writes The Guardian.

The sharp fall was probably caused by a mix of efficiency measures and environmental awareness, as well as steep price rises, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Households have faced steep price increases in recent years as wages have remained frozen, squeezing budgets. Average bills have risen by 28% in the last three years, industry regulator Ofgem said.

Energy UK, which represents energy companies, said the fall in consumption was good news because people were insulating their homes to reduce waste.

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