The cost of heating the average home could double next April after an increase to the energy price cap, a charity has warned.
Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) used industry data and forecasts to predict that the typical gas bill is likely to have gone up from £466-a-year in October 2020, to £944 in April 2022.
The prediction, which is based on data from Cornwall Insight, Baringa and EnergyShop.com, will mean that gas bills for those on standard tariffs will have doubled in 18 months next April.
The warning comes as suppliers have been collapsing across the UK in recent weeks, after the price of gas spiked by as much as five times compared with the start of this year.
Gas bills are likely to have gone up from £466 a year in October 2020, to £944 in April 2022, the National Energy Action has predicted.( (Stock image)
At the moment the regulator caps the energy bills of more than 14 million households at £1,277 per year on average.
A consultation on potential changes will end in February, and they could be implemented at the beginning of April, when the price cap is set to change.
But even before potential changes, experts at analysts Cornwall Insight predict that energy bills will rocket to £1,660 per year for price cap customers.
Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of National Energy Action (NEA) said: 'Every home should be a warm and safe place, but for over 4.5 million UK households the cold reality is very different and getting much worse.
'The cost of living in the UK is at its highest level in a decade with household energy bills the biggest driver. When the costs of essential services go up, those on lowest incomes get hit hardest.
'Bills have increased by well over £230 since last winter and millions now face a daily heat or eat dilemma. We estimate energy bills will rocket again in April, doubling the average householders' heating bills since last year.
'Over the same period, those on the lowest incomes have seen their income plummet by over £1,000 per year. Just think about that.
'For people already on a budgetary knife-edge, the cost of keeping a family warm has exploded while budgets have collapsed. No amount of useful tips or savvy shopping can cope with that.'
It comes as suppliers have been collapsing across the UK in recent weeks, after the price of gas spiked. (Stock image)
He added: 'Cold homes cause needless deaths and unnecessary physical and mental harm, impacting precious health services over the