Energy bills will rise, British Gas director warns

Monday, March 5th 2012
Energy bills will rise, British Gas director warns
The managing director of British Gas has warned that energy bills are likely to continue to soar over the next few years.

Energy bills are likely to rise in the UK over the coming years as new green taxes and the cost of upgrading the National Grid have an impact on consumers, according to managing director of British Gas Phil Bentley.

Somewhere between £80 billion and £100 billion is to be expended on bringing the grid up to date in the next decade, leading to higher bills for millions of British householders, the Telegraph reports.

Furthermore, around £140 could be added to the average bill because of the cost of incorporating green measures and tariffs into the energy system.

"People will have to pay more per unit [over the next 10 years] and they are therefore going to have to be more diligent in saving energy," Mr Bentley added.

The managing director argued that there needs to be a national debate over how people prioritise and deal with their energy bills.

Interior designer Danielle Proud recently suggested upgrading the insulation and lighting in a home can make it more environmentally friendly, therefore saving on energy.

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