Households are being urged to check their energy deals amid the revelation that 23 million UK households will ration their usage this winter.
Research from price comparison site GoCompare found that 23 million households (85%) are planning on rationing their usage of gas and electricity this winter to save money.
Nearly half of households (42%) plan on turning the thermostat down to cut costs, two in five (40%) will delay turning the heating on for as long as possible, and one in three (31%) say they will turn off heating in specific rooms to save money.
Other initiatives to save money include leaving the heating off for extended periods (29%), taking a shower instead of a bath (29%), and reducing usage of energy hungry devices such as tumble driers or dishwashers (20%).
Georgie Frost, head of consumer affairs at GoCompare, comments: “Households understandably need to use more energy in the colder and darker days of autumn and winter. This means that the next five to six months will be the most expensive time of year for gas and electricity bills. So, it’s unsurprising that many people, especially those who’re already financially stretched, will be looking at ways to manage their energy use to try and keep a handle on costs.
“In the last year, we’ve seen price hikes from all the major energy suppliers, which is only going to compound the problem for many households. Unless they act now, millions of people will be paying more for their energy than they need to. That’s why, as winter approaches, we’re reminding people that one of the most effective measures they can take to reduce their bills is to switch.”
The energy market has come under fire recently, culminating in the announcement of a price cap by the government a month ago.
Competition in the market place may also take a hit, with the announcement last week that two of the Big Six providers are planning to merge.
However, essential to the issue is that not enough consumers switch to cheaper deals. GoCompare has found that only one in five (21%) households have switched provider in the last year to acquire a better deal, while more than one in 10 (12%) admit they have never switched provider.
Yet, on average, those who switched via GoCompare saved at least £138. Use Moneywise’s energy comparison tool to see if you can switch and save.