Anger over energy price rises is obscuring evidence that energy bills are falling over the longer term and clouding MPs’ judgment, according to the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).

A poll commissioned by the unit and conducted by YouGov found that just 1% of MPs knew that energy consumptions and average bills are both falling.

Nearly two-thirds of parliamentarians believe that both figures are rising.

The ECIU said the average bill shrank by £6 last year due to measures to cut energy waste.

Cutting energy waste

Richard Black, director of ECIU, said: “It’s not surprising that MPs are unaware of the long-term trend of falling energy bills given the continuing furore over price rises.

“But even though the Big Six’s tariff hikes are real and do create problems for vulnerable customers, this shouldn’t hide the wider reality that measures to cut energy waste work – reducing energy demand, cutting carbon emissions and driving energy bills downwards.

“As the Committee on Climate Change has observed, though, there is currently a big hole in policymaking on energy efficiency, despite the huge popularity of such measures in the country.”

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