An article published in the Independent on Saturday (November 13) found that homebuyers in the UK are spending a greater proportion of their incomes on energy than in any other OECD country.
The report by IHS Markit said that over the past year, energy was the single biggest expenditure on British households.
Homeowners in England spent £1,100 per person on energy, up from £700 per person a year ago.
But it also found that energy was not the only cost in the process of buying a home.
Energy bills were the third biggest cost in 2015/16, with the average energy bill for the average home in England now £5,814, compared with £5 and £3,817 in 2014/15 and 2015/2016 respectively.
The average cost of a typical energy bill in the capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Manchester rose to £7,816 between 2014/16 and 2015.
According to the IHS report, the average household in England had a household energy bill of £10,064 last year.
This was slightly lower than in the previous year, when the average cost was £11,094.
It said that households in London and the capital’s outer suburbs had lower average energy bills than other parts of the country, but that average energy costs in London were the highest in the country.
As well as being a bigger chunk of the population, energy bills were the third largest expenditure in the study.
The total cost of energy bills in the cities of Leeds and Sheffield was £9,982 and £11.9 million respectively, but this fell to £8,085 and $12.7 million in the outer suburbs of Leeds, Nottingham and Bristol.
Budget savings were also one of the biggest factors driving down energy bills, with energy bills falling by £4,621 and £2,717 in the London, Manchester and London boroughs between 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Energy bills fell by an average of £1.9 a week between 2014-15 and the second quarter of this year, according to the report.
Electricity rates in the US were also much lower than the UK, according the Ihs report, which said that household energy bills dropped by £2.9 and £5.7 per week between the first and second quarters of this decade.
Overall, the energy sector was the fourth largest expense in the economy last year, with a household expenditure of £6,928 on energy.
In addition to energy, home owners are spending on food and clothing.
However, this was offset by a rise in healthcare costs, with healthcare costs being up by £3.1 billion between 2014 -15 and last year according to IHS.
The report said that the average amount spent on housing each year by households in England was £2 at the end of 2016, which was down by more than £1bn on 2015.
However, the figures also showed that households had savings in the form of rent and mortgage payments, which rose by £1 billion in 2016.
Homebuyers needn’t worry about the price of gas, says IHSMarkit report The article said that despite the higher cost of home ownership, the overall cost of buying and renting a home remained the lowest in the OECD.
“Energy prices are one of those things that you have to be aware of because of the nature of the fuel you use,” said IHS’s senior economist, David Woodhouse.
“Energy is a very cheap and cheap commodity, so you need to pay attention to what you’re paying for it.”
IHS said that it expects energy prices to continue to fall, but the number of homes in the market would need to fall by more people to balance the bill.
Last year, IHS said, the cost of heating fuel rose by over 20% in the year to June 2016.