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Brits planning energy rationing this winter

heating1 Brits planning energy rationing this winterBritish households are preparing to limit their energy usage this winter, according to the latest research from Gocompare.com.

Nine out of every ten people – 87% of the population – are planning to ration energy usage in an attempt to keep bills down.

Winter fuel bills can be notoriously high, but only 22% of those questioned that switched supplier in the past 12 months, suggesting many could make savings.

Nearly a fifth of households said they have concerns about how much their energy bills will be while 16% said they would reduce spending elsewhere in order to keep the heating on.

Half of the population will leave it as long as possible before turning the heating on while 42% will heat their homes for less time than they would like.

Some 45% of those questioned added they would turn down the thermostat when the heating is switched on in a further bid to save.

Only heating certain rooms was another approach that could be adopted to reduce energy usage, noted by 36% of the 1,800 households participating in the survey.

Households also plan to save by showering instead of bathing in 31% of cases, while 13% of those showering would also reduce the time taken.

Reducing usage of high energy devices such as tumble dryers and dishwashers was also seen by 24% of people as a method to reduce bills.

Others are planning similar simple approaches, including 42% who say they will use more blankets and duvets to keep warm and 28% who intend to use hot water bottles.

Around 11% of those questioned said they would sleep in their dressing gowns and another 11% said they would be wearing their onesie to combat the cold.

A significant factor for many of the households questioned was that 29% had failed to switch energy supplier for more than three years.

This means they might be missing out on better deals while 41% felt it would be too much hassle to switch, despite recent changes to simplify the process.

In instances where households face larger bills for any number of reasons, they could consider some financial options such as unsecured loans to help ensure they are paid off.

However, this should only be done when regular income means some of the loan can be paid off on a regular basis afterwards.

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