Some households are reportedly refusing to pay their water bill to save money to pay for their energy.
According to the Gazette and Herald, residents of Chippenham are risking prosecution by not paying their water bill because they know water can not be cut off.
Across the UK households have seen their energy costs rise this year the so-called Big Six energy providers all hiked their prices up, led by British Gas which raised its gas tariff by 35 per cent.
Town councillor Bill Douglas told the Gazette and Herald that he sympathised with the hard hit families.
He said: "The feeling being, that this is the only way of surviving the crisis.
"With the money saved they hope to pay energy bills and get through the coming winter."
Homeowners should be aware that they can call the Energy Saving Trust for free advice on how to reduce their energy bills.
There are simple steps that households can take to reduce their energy expenditure and energy bills ? turning down the home thermostat by one degree could reduce bills by ten per cent.
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