Freezing weather prompts energy bill fearsMore than a third are worried about higher bills

18 January 2010

Couple looking at their energy bill

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More than a third of consumers are worried about how they're going to pay this month's energy bill, according to a Which? Switch survey.

The energy supplier switching service found that almost two thirds of consumers are thinking more about their energy bills due to the freezing weather.

Some people said they'd have to dip into their own or their children's savings to pay their energy bills. Others had cut back on spending in other areas, such as gym membership or holidays.

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Reducing energy bills

People have also been taking action to reduce bills - over a half said they were wearing more clothes to keep heating bills to a minimum. 

And almost a third had either switched energy provider or called to check they were on the cheapest gas or electricity tariff.

To get started saving energy now visit our greener living section for advice on saving electricity, fitting insulation and cutting your energy bill. You can also read our review of the most energy efficient home appliances and the best energy-saving light bulbs.

Ways to save energy

With the cold snap set to continue, Which? Switch also looked at the actions people took to stay warm during cold weather and discovered the following top five:

1. Put on extra clothes (84%)
2. Had a warm drink (73%)
3. Had a filling meal (40%)
4. Blocked draughts under doors/ windows (39%)
5. Stayed in bed (37%)

Three people even admitted to making love to stay warm.

Which? Switch surveyed 1,066 adults aged 16-64 in the UK online from 7th – 11th January 2010.

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