Plymouth Residents Risk Their Lives Due to Energy Costs
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
A national survey has revealed that Plymouth residents are endangering their lives and putting their health at risk because they are fearful of the expenses that heating will add to their energy bills. According to the survey more than 50% of residents are too afraid to turn up the heating for fear of not being able to afford the bills, whilst 67% won’t increase their heating even when it is freezing cold. The research has revealed a worrying trend that people may be putting their lives at risk to prevent high dual fuel expenses that they cannot possibly afford.
The World Health Organisation has said that they estimate that 30% of deaths that occur in the coldest winter months can be attributed to cold houses and they say that last year around 9,000 lives were lost due to people literally dying of cold in their homes. An online source has said that the research is indicative of how dire the situation is because of spiralling energy costs and poorly insulated homes. Millions of Britons are putting their health in jeopardy rather than heating their homes as they fear that they will not be able to afford the costs. The ones that are suffering the most are the aged, and it seems like a good time to take a stand and for the country to collectively say that they have had enough.
If a difference is to be made then energy efficiency needs to be addressed on a much larger scale with much more being done to ensure that houses are properly insulated and have up to date boilers and also that shopping around for the best deal in gas and electricity is a must.
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