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Half of Brits worried about their heating bills

Which? Switch reveals extent of fuel bill fears

Couple looking at their energy bill

You could save hundreds of pounds on your energy bill by switching supplier

Half of Brits are worried about how they’ll afford their winter fuel bill – with some of us even scaling back on Christmas.

The Which? Switch survey shows not just that we’re worried about bills but also that most of us are planning to do something about them.

  • Seven in 10 people plan to put on extra clothes while indoors.
  • Half will block drafts under doors and windows.
  • Four in 10 will have a warm drink or meal.
  • Three in 10 will try to switch energy supplier or check for a cheaper tariff with their current supplier to cut bills.

If you want to find out more about the energy saving measures that can help you cut your bills, see our Environment & Saving energy section for guides to cutting energy costs, installing an energy monitor and how to use less electricity.

Cut heating bills

If you fall into the majority of people who are thinking about their energy bills and hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s cold winter, Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith offers this advice:

‘As temperatures drop, many people will be worrying about the cost of heating their homes this winter and thinking of ways to cut costs. 

‘Whilst there’s nothing you can do about the weather or the price of energy, you can save hundreds of pounds a year on your energy bill switching to the cheapest available tariff.’

The typical annual saving per household that switched to a dual fuel tariff with Which? Switch between 24 March 2010 and 9 September 2010 was £270.

Making sacrifices to pay for energy bills

Which? Switch research reveals that many of us are so concerned about our heating bills that we’re already thinking about what sacrifices we can make. 

One in five of us will spend less on Christmas presents, 17% plan to cut back on leisure activities and 13% will even dip into their own or their children’s savings to stay warm this winter. 

Lower your gas and electricity bills

You can compare energy prices and switch to a new gas and electricity supplier on Which? Switch. People who switched with us between 1 October and 31 December 2013 are predicted to save an average of £234 a year on their bills.

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