The energy regulator, Ofgem, says the average dual fuel bill for gas and electricity is almost £1400 a year.
A campaign group is calling on the Government to spend far more money on making our homes more energy efficient.
Derek Proud has been speaking to Dawn Keightley from Durham based Four Housing Group and Jenny Holland from the campaign group Energy Bill Revolution.
Energy bills were high on the agenda of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.
George Osborne has promised to lower the average household bill by around fifty pounds a year.
But one mother from North Tyneside has described that measure as a 'drop in the ocean.' Jonny Blair reports.
A new project's being launched to help vulnerable people cope with the cost of heating their homes this winter. North Tyneside, Northumberland and Newcastle councils have joined forces to provide a telephone helpline offering support and advice.
It's been funded by Government money given to councils to come up with new projects aimed at tackling fuel poverty.