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Energy bills make pensioners afraid to boil kettles

One in five worry when brewing a cuppa

Energy bills

Energy bills are such a big concern that one in five pensioners worry about their bills when boiling the kettle, according to research from the Rexel Foundation and OpinionWay.

Which? research also shows that 83% of the population are worried about their energy bills – rising to 87% of retired people. That’s why we want the government to introduce a single unit price for energy so that tariffs are easy to compare and people can easily spot the best deal for them.

If you’re concerned about your energy bills find out how much you could save on your gas and electricity bills by comparing energy prices on Which? Switch.

Energy efficiency – saving money

While 68% of people said they had made energy efficiency improvements in the past five years, almost as many said that cost held them back from making energy efficiency improvements.

Renters also said that it was not worthwhile for them to make improvements.

The vast majority of those who made improvements said that it was to save money with only 27% saying that is was for environmental reasons. If you want to make energy efficiency improvements see our guide to loft insulation.

Gas and electricity prices – worried consumers

The majority of consumers (64%) said they would be more likely to vote for a government that could help cut gas and electricity bills, according to the Rexel Foundation’s research.

UK consumers were also most likely to hold the government responsible for improving home energy efficiency, followed by energy companies and then individuals.

This was in comparison to other countries – in France energy companies were seen as most responsible for energy efficiency and in Germany and America it was individual consumers.

Find out more about the government’s Green Deal scheme and whether it’s right for you with our guide to the Green Deal.

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