Millions struggling in fuel poverty unprepared for winter
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Finance, Housing
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Around 2.3 million British households are being hit by fuel poverty, a survey has revealed.
Prepayment energy supplier Utilita Energy's research found that Brits are struggling to pay their energy bills and are failing to plan ahead for the colder winter months.
According to the findings, one third of people (33%), have had to make cutbacks in order to afford their utility bills, with some having to choose between heating their homes and putting food on the table.
And despite the recent economic upturn, more than half of people (55%) said they had cut back on essential groceries to pay their energy bills.
Utilita managing director Bill Bullen said: “These results demonstrate the continuing hardship being faced by many families across the country and really underline why it’s important to plan ahead to avoid difficulties in the colder months, when energy costs are likely to be higher.
"Installing smart meter technology has helped thousands of households to save money and achieve a much greater degree of control over their energy use so there are no nasty surprises.”