The Struggle of paying energy bills

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The Struggle of paying energy bills

One in three families struggle to pay their energy bills

A staggering four million homes are already feeling financial pressure ahead of the cold winter.

It’s commonly thought that it’s the elderly who struggle to pay winter energy bills, but new research states four million family homes in the country will be financially stretched this winter and take extreme measures to reduce energy spend.

Half of working families cutting usage

One in three working families (32%) are struggling to pay their energy bills, according to new research. A staggering four million homes are already feeling financial pressure ahead of a season which could see major energy suppliers raising their prices for the first time in almost three years.

The research reveals that half of working families (49%) are planning to cut their energy use this winter, just so that they can afford to pay their bills and, alarmingly, a third  (29%) don’t put their heating on even when their house is too cold.

Children’s wellbeing affected

It’s not just the immediate feeling of being cold that is unhealthy for families.

Sixty-six percent are worried about the negative effect that rationing energy may have on their family’s health. Over half of these families are also concerned that cutting their energy use will negatively affect their child’s performance at school and nearly two thirds say their children don’t focus as well on their homework when their house is cold.

The long-term health implications for children living in cold homes are well documented, more than doubling their chances of suffering respiratory problems like asthma, affecting their emotional well-being and putting them at risk of developing multiple mental health problems in the long-term.

What can we do to help?

You can use our comparison service to see whether you can reduce your bills this winter. Our customers are saving an average of £689 a year on their gas and electricity.

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