A new study carried out by uSwitch has revealed that six in 10 consumers already have, or are planning to, ration their energy consumption this winter.
The survey, carried out amongst 5,300 households, also revealed that households are more worried about their energy bills than any other daily expense.
The results are worrying as last year, more than one third of those who reduced energy use to cut bills said it affected their health and well-being.
‘Shocking to see so many being forced to go without heating’
Speaking on the survey Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said: “In this day and age it’s shocking to see so many being forced to go without heating and risk their health, simply to cope with high energy bills.
“With the average bill now an eye-watering £1,265 – 168% higher than ten years ago – it’s little wonder that energy costs top consumers’ concerns.”
£300 difference between cheapest and most expensive energy plans
“Consumers do have a choice, however, and can take control of their energy. Making sure that your home is insulated, draught-proof and taking small actions like making sure appliances aren’t left on standby, are all simple ways to use less and waste less energy.
“And, with £300 difference between the average bill and the cheapest deal currently on the market, switching to a better tariff and paying less is another effective way to save money this winter.”
Robinson added that it was high time the big six passed on the benefits from the drop in wholesale energy prices.