Working from home to cost £175 in energy bills this winter

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Energy Bill Gas Electricity Working From Home Price Cap Inflation

The working from home revolution will cost workers hundreds of extra pounds in energy bills this winter, a prospect that could encourage thousands to get back to their desks.

Britain’s large number of homeworkers are expected to feel the pinch much more than those commuting to their offices over the winter months as they use more electricity and gas per day, experts have warned.

Average monthly energy bills could hit £683 in January for home workers compared to £492 for those going into work, according to price comparison site Uswitch.

Even those commuting into central London could save money after Tube and bus costs are taken into account, data from Bloomberg has found, with those who walk or cycle in saving as much as £175 a week.

Uswitch's energy expert Will Owen said: “Having the heating on during the colder months will be the biggest contributor to higher energy bills for those working from home.

“Being at home throughout the day often also means using extra gas and electricity for cooking, making cups of tea, televisions and computers. For most people who don’t have a significant commute, working from the office is likely to be much more economical this winter.”

That would likely come as a relief to bosses who have been on a collision course with staff over home working for much of this year. Fewer than one in ten companies have told staff they must come back to the office full-time, data revealed earlier this year. Employees around the world have openly revolted over back-to-work plans.

Households have been preparing for bills to rocket for months, with some even eyeing a move overseas to cushion the costs. When Ofgem hiked the energy price cap up by 54pc in April, searches for ‘move abroad’ soared to record levels.

Belvin Franks, a financial advisor for expats, has reported a “considerable” rise in the number of Britons looking to leave.