Homeowners looking to compare energy prices could be interested to hear that the government has been advised to continue maximising its use of oil and gas.
The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee has advised that the energy industry needs government help in order to maintain production during the recession and that field allowances set out by the recent Budget report need to be altered.
Around two billion barrels of oil could benefit the UK's energy reserves if field allowances are changed in response to the recession, the committee said.
Paddy Tipping, acting chairman of the committee, said: "If the government does not respond to this problem by giving better fiscal and regulatory signals then we may never recover anything like as much of our domestic reserve as would be desirable."
He added that 50,000 jobs could be at stake as a result of low prices and high costs brought on by the recession.
Britain has become more dependent on oil and gas imports in recent years as North Sea supplies have dwindled.
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