Landlords and their tenants have could increasingly find that household energy is unaffordable, it has been claimed. commented on a report released yesterday (January 21st) by Ofgem, which said that there were worrying trends in this area.

Average debt for energy bills was continuing to see an annual increase and was 20 per cent higher in 2009 than in the same period in 2008.

Energy expert at Thomas Lyon said: "The recession will have played a part but Ofgem cannot afford to brush the cost of energy under the carpet."

A "substantial"increase in the cost of energy bills was seen last year, despite price cuts. An average bill cost £327 a year more than in 2008, he added.

Tenants and landlords could consider paying by direct debit rather than a debt arrangement. This may help to spread the cost, Mr Lyon advised.

But he also urged suppliers to cut their costs where possible, which would be particularly welcome during winter.

Ofgem notes that its priority is protecting consumers and competition in the market is promoted.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19573065-ADNFCR

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