On Monday Dispatches investigated why domestic energy bills are so high, as well the effect of price rises.
The effect on the general public:
The average family pays £1300 a year for their electric and/or gas supply.
We were shown two typical families, the O'Briens and the Cridlings.
The Cridlings, who live in Oxford,are several thousand pounds in arrears and have taken in a lodger to try to make ends meet.
The O'Brien household, who live in Liverpool, have three children who eat up energy through games consoles and the television. Their mother Stephanie is struggling.
Ann Robinson from uSwitch has been enlisted to save both households money.
Estimated bills are part of the problem.
You can spot these as they have an "E" against them.
You need to read your meters yourself and then ring the energy company with your readings.
Otherwise you could be paying £50 per bill too much, according to Energywatch.
Changing supplier requires care. You should check as many comparison sites as possible and prices differ depending where you live - another postcode lottery!
Ann Robinson of Uswitch says change supplier once a year or more.
Prepayment meters cost £160 per year on average more than a normal meters.
Direct Debit also saves money, as it is the very cheapest way of paying.
Many meters are old and some are faulty. Electricty smart meters may help. They send a reading to the supplier every half an hour, and you see your daily useage amount.
People cut their consumption by 15% when they know how much they use.
You can already buy a Standby Saver, which turns off applicances when they are left on standby. They cost £20.
Why have prices risen?
The supplies of gas from the North Sea have declined sharply, meaning that more and more is imported from Norway. The price of gas from Europe is linked to the price of oil.
Over the past five years, the profits of the six main energy companies have totalled £5 billion per year, while prices have risen 120%.
Derek Lickorish, of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, is also concerned about price rises in 2009.
Shareholder profits have increased by up to 20%.
However, Dr Gary Felgate, an industry spokesman, say that energy companies must make a profit as they cannot be bailed out, unlike banks.
He says there are significant differences in tariffs, and refused to comment on the findings of Energywatch.
Allan Asher of Energywatch has accused energy companies of "tacit collusion", though Dr Garry Felgate denies this.
Ofgem have highlighted failings but have concluded the energy companies are competitive.
They refused to give Dispatches an interview and clamed they would consult with the industry.
The lack of storgage facilies for gas in Britain has also been highlighted as a huge problem. Power stations and industry could be cut off if supplies were cut off for even a fortnight.
Some companies, including Welsh Power, are concerned new power stations are not being built fast enough.
Clearly there is a huge problem of increasing fuel poverty. Unless we look at increasing the number of offshore wind farms, and the Government finally gives the go ahead for a Smart Meter in every house, I fear poverty will increase over the next months.