A shocking 23% of families currently have to choose between buying food and heating their homes this winter, according to a recent survey. The survey paints a bleak picture of how badly consumers across the country are being affected by rising domestic energy costs.
The survey, organised by Energy Bill Revolution, polled 1,000 members of the family website Netmums to see how ordinary families are faring following the latest round of energy price increases. Their findings show that as much as 8 out of 10 families are already rationing their heat in their homes. Of those already rationing their energy, 9 out of 10 wear extra clothes rather than turn up the thermostat. Many are also opting to turn off the heating when their children are out or wrapping up in duvets to keep warm during the day.
With prices rising an average of 8% this winter, and with reports that 1 in 4 households across the UK currently fall into the category of fuel poverty, it is looking to be a difficult few months ahead particularly if the cold weather begins to bite.
Mark Todd, director of price comparison site energyhelpline.com commented, “The vulnerable, including low-income families and the elderly are facing a terrible choice, to eat or heat? With an average of 26,700 excess winter deaths each year, the most vulnerable are being served a lethal cocktail this winter, with no sign of respite in the form of price cuts or government action any time soon.
Everyone needs to plan now to keep warm. This includes making sure you are getting the best deal possible on energy, and if necessary switching supplier as soon as possible to avoid being hit by price rises.”
Consumers who haven’t switched to their best possible deal should do so immediately. With price rises beginning to take hold there is no time to lose for those wishing to cut their costs this winter.
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