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Winter energy bill worries dampen British summer

Prospect of freezing winter fuel costs 'worry 44%'

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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.

Our free guide has top tips to help you cut your energy costs and advice on what to do if you’re struggling to pay your gas and electricity bill.

Home energy efficiency

The group is calling for people to take action now before colder months arrive, by carrying out energy efficiency improvements such as installing loft insulation and cavity or solid wall insulation.

According to Julian Troake, energy efficiency expert for charity-run scheme Warm Zones: ‘People think installing insulation is expensive, messy and disruptive. The reality is that millions of people could get their homes insulated without having to pay a penny – particularly if you’re a pensioner or are receiving benefits.

‘Insulation can be installed easily without turning your house upside down, and if you apply now your home will be well insulated before the cold weather starts.’

If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, Which? has free and impartial advice to help – including which energy grants you might be eligible for.

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