Thousands of people could benefit if they switch gas tariffs following research from the National Debtline.
According to the Money Advice Trust service, the number of individuals calling the helpline for advice because they cannot afford to pay their energy bills has increased by 180 per cent in the last four years.
The Guardian reported that 2,686 calls were made to the helpline in the first three months of 2007 and this has risen to 7,544 in the first quarter of this year.
Joanna Elson, chief executive of the trust, commented: "Fuel debts have now become a major part of our debt landscape and are one of the fastest growing problems we have witnessed at National Debtline.
"As consumers, we have to pay close attention to how much gas or electricity we use and whether or not we have the right tariff - not always an easy decision," she added.
Householders may find their monthly expenditure goes down if they compare energy prices and switch to a better deal.
If you want to find out more about your energy options and how you could save up to £453 in minutes, click here.
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