Winter energy bill worries dampen British summerProspect of freezing winter fuel costs 'worry 44%'
13 August 2010
Despite enjoying one of the warmest summers on record, new research has found nearly half of British households are already concerned about winter energy bills.
A third of those surveyed said they were already thinking about how cold it could be later this year, with last winter's freezing temperatures making 35% of people more aware of their energy usage and heating costs.
Retired households were even more worried about the prospect of a cold winter - with 53% concerned about winter heating costs, according to the study of more than 2,000 adults carried out in July 2010 by Home Heat Helpline.
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