Households are set to be hit by soaring energy bills after staff have been forced to work from home over the last couple of months, using their home appliances significantly more than they normally would.
Businesses typically use commercial energy consultants to provide their employees with adequate electronic access, including computer equipment, kitchen facilities and online connections, so they can perform their daily duties most effectively.
However, from the end of March, the government told everyone who could work from home to avoid going into the office, which meant consumers have been relying on their own energy resources more.
In fact, comparethemarket.com reported that 72 per cent of consumers reported an increase in energy use during lockdown.
According to the price comparison site, nearly half of those surveyed said more members of the household have been working from home since the restrictions began. This could result in a 37 per cent in energy bills, amounting to £387 extra over the year.
Peter Earl, head of energy at comparethemarket.com, said: “Many are understandably worried about how they will manage this increased cost, particularly if they are a high energy consumption household.”
This comes after the company revealed the most deprived areas of the country are paying £60 more a year for their energy. It found that poorer households typically rely on standard variable tariffs or prepayment plans, which is why they typically pay 5.7 per cent more than those in the top ten most affluent areas.
The Scotsman reported Mr Earl as saying: “These findings indicate a pattern of inequality at the heart of the energy market.”