Hypothermia-related deaths and hospital admissions have almost doubled over the past five years.
Almost 2000 people were admitted to hospital and 260 died from the condition in 2010/2011, according to figures from the NHS information centre.
Hypothermia occurs when body temperature falls below 35C from its usual 37C.
Saving money on energy bills
Last week a survey by the charity Age UK revealed that half of pensioners – the age group which makes up three quarters of hypothermia-related hospital admissions – had turned down their heating to save money.
The hypothermia statistics cover a period of rising energy bills.
Last week Which? launched The Big Switch to help consumers with their energy bills. This is a new way of buying energy – Which? will negotiate with the energy companies on your behalf, to try and achieve a market leading deal. The more people who sign up the greater our negotiating power. You can read more about it in our guide to The Big Switch.
Free energy help
Which? energy expert Sylvia Baron said: ‘It’s unacceptable that in modern day Britain people are dying of hypothermia and that people have to choose between heating their homes or eating.
‘To ensure you don’t pay over the odd for your gas and electricity, there are steps you can take to mitigate costs. Make sure your house is properly insulated – there are free insulation deals
available to all at the moment – and check that you are on the cheapest energy deal.’
You can also find out more about the Which? campaign to make energy more affordable.