A new survey, commissioned by GoCompare Energy, found that 85% of households plan to limit the amount of energy they use this winter, potentially leaving their homes cold.
The results of the survey show that in a bid to keep the heating on, 13% of people say they will be forced to make cut-backs elsewhere, but nearly one in ten (9%) still say they will struggle to pay this winter’s fuel bills.
Commenting on the research, Georgie Frost, head of consumer affairs at GoCompare, said: “Households understandably need to use more energy in the colder and darker days of autumn and winter. This means that the next five to six months will be the most expensive time of year for gas and electricity bills. So it’s unsurprising that many people, especially those who’re already financially stretched, will be looking at ways to manage their energy use to try and keep a handle on costs.”
Steps that homeowners are planning to take to cut energy costs include:
- Turning the thermostat down (42%)
- Delaying switching the heating on for as long as possible (40%)
- Heating their homes for less time than they would like (37%)
- Not heating unused rooms (31%)
- Leaving the heating off for long periods of time (29%)
- Taking a shower instead of a bath (29%) or a shorter shower than they would like (15%)
- Stop using or reduce the use of energy hungry devices such as a tumble dryer or dishwasher (20%)
- Do less ironing (7%)
Original source: www.gocompare.com