Many families in the UK are being forced to tighten their belts in an effort to meet the cost of utility bills.
Research by Citizens Advice has discovered that six million children in the country have parents who are concerned about how they will pay for the cost of energy.
As a result of this, 50 per cent of mums and dads are going to be cutting back on their Christmas spending.
Some 2,431 UK adults were surveyed and two-thirds of those expect their energy bill to be dearer this winter than last.
With four of the Big Six energy providers already announcing forthcoming price hikes, this is likely to be the case for many individuals.
Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said: "People must check, switch and insulate to make sure that they're getting the best deal for their energy."
She added with household budgets already "stretched thin", no one should be paying more for electricity than they have to.