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The cost of powering British homes has risen dramatically in recent years.

In January 2003 the average home was spending a total of £572 a year on gas and electricity bills.

By October 2006 the average annual gas bill alone stands at £630 and households are now paying over £1,000 a year on fuel.

A study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers found that domestic energy inflation was running at 10 times the rate of overall inflation.

According to the latest government estimates, the number of people in fuel poverty has risen for the first time in 10 years.

Graphics showing how average annual bills have risen and a breakdown by supplier.

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