Landlords and homeowners are being advised not to fear that energy prices will rise as a result of the big freeze.

Energy expert at Tom Lyon said that bills will be higher because of increased consumption, but that prices will not rise.

"Higher demand because of sub-zero temperatures and the current rationing of energy to certain businesses does not mean suppliers will need to increase household energy prices,"he explained.

This is the case in the short term, because suppliers are currently using energy which was bought one year in advance.

Mr Lyon advises tenants and bill payers to save approximately £60 extra to account for winter fuel bills.

It should account for increased use if the cold snap continues into February.

Currently it could cost £1 more each day to heat homes. This translates to £14 more on bills if the weather is the same for the next fortnight.

According to the Met Office, the cold weather in the UK is not representative of the rest of the world - parts of northern Canada have seen temperatures of ten degrees Celsius above average.

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