Two Thirds Of Householders Are Expected To Turn Down Heating
By Cynthia Taylor
Shock figures have revealed that million will probably turn their thermostats down because of the recent price increases announced by five of the Big Six energy companies. The report also showed that 4% of household believe that the energy companies should be allowed to set their prices of gas.
About 2/3rds of people in UK expect to cut back on heating their homes over the coming winter, and also 25-34 year olds are more likely to turn the thermostat on than pensioners will.
This report claims that 32% of the people will ‘definitely’ turn their thermostats down or switch off lights or the next few weeks in order to save money, and a further 35% will ‘probably’ do so.
88% of households with among many that are classified as struggling with the increasing cost of living, are afraid they will not have a choice as they will have to use less electricity.
4% of the people polled believe that the energy suppliers be allowed to charge what they think, this shows a level of how furious the people are about the recent round of price increases.
Market research specialist HPI conducted the poll, and the report will fuel fears that hundreds of thousands of families will be forced to make a choice of either eating or heating this winter due to the increased energy prices this winter.
The poll has shown that the Labour party was the party that was trusted to be most likely to tackle issues such as cost of living. There were 50% of the people polled who said that they agreed that the Ministers should freeze prices, this follows Labour’s leader Ed Milliban’s election vow.
The report also said that most people will be wearing more clothes this winter and others will turn off more lights.
HPI’s research Execrative, Alice Beauchamp, said that the surveys conducted had revealed that 25-34 year olds are the ones that are been squeezed by higher costs of living. Although people are feeling a bit more optimistic about the economy, the issue of energy remains a big worry.
With claims that 10,000 jobs might be lost across the country should the government scale back or scrap the ECO programme which is designed to give free energy efficiency and insulation measures that are funded through the households energy bills.
The UK Green Building Council has said that should there be cuts to the green programme it would decimate the industry that is helping people to be able to reduce their energy bill over the long term.
Consumer Focus has revealed that complaints to the Big Six energy companies had increased by 20% the previous year even before the recent price increases.
One energy giant Npower has had a five-fold increase with regard to complaints since October, by 190 complaints per every 100,000.
Director of energy at Consumer Focus, Audrey Gallacher has said that the complaints about Npower over the previous months has put them on the bottom of the list. Although the company is implementing changes to their systems, their complaints performance is still unacceptable.
Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, Gillian Guy, said that the 36% price hikes over the past three years, plus poor customer service has had an impact on the lack of trust in energy companies while consumer struggle to afford to keep their homes warm.
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