Household budgets are coming under increasing pressure in the UK due to the steep rise in energy costs.
New research from uSwitch.com has found average household income has swelled by 20 per cent since 2004, but during this time period the typical energy bill has climbed by 140 per cent.
This highlights how people have to use more of their take-home pay to cover the cost of utilities.
In 2004, homeowners had to fork out £522 a year for their power, but this figure now stands at an average of £1,252 every 12 months.
Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, remarked: "The break-neck speed at which energy prices have sprinted upwards has caught many people unawares. Consumers are still playing catch-up."
She went on to note the expense associated with electricity explains why some people are now rationing their usage.
Because of the hikes, 32 per cent of consumers questioned said they think energy is unaffordable in the UK at present.