A recent poll from uSwitch has found out what it really is that winds us up about the chilliest season.
Despite many viewing the festive season as a highlight of wintertime, Christmas (marketing, festive songs and expenditure) came in the top five wind-ups along with dreaded colds and generally bad weather.
The top 20 things that wind Brits up during winter:
- Colds and flu
- High energy bills
- How dark it is in the mornings
- The weather
- Christmas – marketing, festive songs and saving for presents
- Slipping on ice
- How cold it is at home
- Getting up early to de-ice the car
- Feeling miserable
- Clocks going back
- Everyone’s grumpy
- People being dramatic about bad weather conditions
- Drivers slithering around in the snow, blocking routes
- People wearing summer clothes and then complaining that they’re cold
- More parents clogging up roads by driving children to school
- Commuting or train delays
- Rubbish on the TV
- Trying to use your phone while wearing gloves
- Having to carry an umbrella everywhere
- Cost of going out
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Tom Lyon, energy expert at uSwitch.com, commented on the findings:
“As a nation we love to moan, especially about our long list of winter woes.
“Almost half of consumers get annoyed by cold weather and high energy bills, yet just one in 20 switch energy provider to prepare for winter.”
Preparing for winter
The survey of 2,000 adults also asked what they did as a ritual to prepare for winter.
Despite energy bill prices being a large and resaonable annoyance, just six per cent do so to prepare for winter. Instead, Brits are more likely to turn on the heating (51%), swap to a warmer duvet (38%) and replace summer clothes for jumpers (26%).
The top 10 things Brits do to prepare for winter:
- Turn on the heating
- Put a warmer duvet on the bed
- Get jumpers out the cupboard
- Cut the garden back
- Put summer clothes away
- Get the boiler serviced
- Stock up on tins of soup
- Buy a new coat
- Get the car serviced
- Buy new gloves and a hat