07th November 2011
Homes at risk of burst pipes as prices rise
People with home insurance policies could face further fears of insurance claims this winter, as the final energy provider of the Big Six gets ready to bring its price hikes into effect this week, meaning many will opt out of using their central heating.
uSwitch.com reports that the rise in energy bills will see the average customer pay 15.4 per cent more for their gas and 4.5 per cent more for electricity, amounting to an increase of £123 on their combined energy costs.
Research has also shown that 89 per cent of people are now ready to ration their energy as the coldest months approach. Those who do so risk burst pipes and leaks causing catastrophe in the household.
Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said: "Hopefully households can keep their winter fuel bills manageable without resorting to drastic and potentially dangerous measures."
The Association of British Insurers reported last month that winter claims in 2010 cost insurers £730 million.
Posted by Penelope Fitzgerald
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