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Credit card charges: Cold weather to force bills up

As the snow begins to fall and Britain enters a period of sustained cold weather over the next week or so, households should be wary of the impact this may have on their energy bills.

Comparison website uSwitch.com revealed that keeping the heating on during the big freeze could cost Brits an extra £7 a week, piling extra grief on top of the winter price hikes.

The average bill rose to £1,352 this year and heating accounts for a massive 44 per cent of this. If the cold weather lasts for as long as a month, the next payment could be increased by as much as £30.

"I would also urge consumers to check that they are on the most competitive energy plan for their needs. Moving to a better deal will mean paying less for the energy you use, which could make all the difference when temperatures plummet," said Tom Lyon, energy expert at uSwitch.com.

This will ensure Brits have extra cash available during the winter to keep up payments on other outgoings, such as credit card charges.

Samantha Clarke
Samantha is a former banking assistant and has over ten years experience in retail banking.ADNFCR-2776-ID-801521721-ADNFCR



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