Approximately 40 per cent of home energy consumption will be used during the winter months because of the unusually cold weather.
This is according to an analysis by moneysupermarket.com, which also revealed that online energy deals could save consumers 24 per cent on their new year energy bills.
The price comparison site said that customers on standard tariffs paying an average of £1,232 a year could face a bill of up to £493 next month, although an online deal could see annual energy consumption amount to just £934 - a saving of £299.
Utilities manager at moneysupermarket.com Scott Byron said that the big new energy bills will bring many Brits "back to Earth".
"Many bill payers will have cranked up the heating in their homes during the 'deep freeze' - the National Grid reports demand for gas in the UK has hit record levels as people keep their homes warm - and will soon be hit with unexpectedly high energy bills, an expensive way to top off this costly period," he explained.
The government's recently-launched boiler scrappage scheme was welcomed by moneysupermarket.com, which said that consumers can take advantage of it during the more expensive winter months.
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