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UK energy prices 'rose twice as fast' as EU average

UK energy bills have risen twice as fast as the average for the EU, according to figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.Electricity and gas prices rose 29.7 per cent in the last 12 months, while the figure for the EU was just 15 per cent.According to comparison service, the average household energy bill in the UK has reached £1,293, up £381 from £912 at the start of 2008.But Ann Robinson, the company's director of consumer policy, warned worse was ahead."The full effects of this year's price rises have yet to be realised - it's during the winter months when energy consumption increases that consumers will really start to feel the pinch," she said."But what's clear from today's report is that British consumers have to take matters into their own hands and start managing their energy for themselves."She recommended using energy-efficient light bulbs, insulating homes and turning off electrical equipment rather than leaving it on standby as ways to reduce energy bills.

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