Energy bills in December are nearly twice the monthly average

Energy bills soar over the festive period, adding a hidden burden to your Christmas costs

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Christmas can put a strain on our purses, but this isn’t only down to the turkey and presents. Nope. A survey of 1,067 adults, conducted by the heating oil supplier, Super Saver Oil has revealed that household energy bills will increase by an average of 56 per cent in December, compared to the average monthly cost for the rest of the year.

So if you normally spend around £90 per month on energy, you can expect to pay nearly twice as much – £140 – on your energy bills this December. 

Why? Well, apart from the fact that it's colder outside and that we're all at home for longer periods so need the heating up, the study also found that the average household hosts around eight parties over the festive period, so it’s no surprise we’re cranking up the heating for longer to keep everyone warm later into the evenings. To add insult to injury, just under half of those surveyed (43 per cent) confessed they find it stressful hosting events and get togethers over Christmas.

And the city that will spend the most on its festive bills? Cardiff (let us know why, residents of that fair city).

Mark Hackett, project manager at SuperSaverOil.iesays, 'Christmas is meant to be a time of joy and happiness, so we really don’t want households to be worrying about their energy bill during the festive season.'

So while you're budgeting for your Christmas feast, festive drinks and bundles of presents, it may be worth factoring in your potential heating costs too, and avoid any unpleasant surprises come January... 

In the meantime, we've got a couple of helpful guides that might allow you to bring your bills down: how to reduce your home energy costs and how to save money by switching energy suppliers.