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Brits ‘significantly’ changed their winter behaviour due to cost of living

New research from heating and hot water provider Worcester Bosch has found that nearly 70% of the UK population changed their behaviour and lifestyle in an attempt to tackle rising energy bills.

Focussed on how consumers have adapted to rising gas prices across the Winter period, the most common changes were turning down the thermostat (66%) and taking shorter showers (55%).

The research also found that in spite of us entering the warmer months, and the fact that we will be less reliant on our heating systems, people are already fearing the worst for the upcoming Winter season, with 49% currently ‘concerned’. After a year of increasing energy costs, most are agreed on the fact that the government must help control the market, with three quarters of the public in favour of a government guarantee on a lower price cap, and two thirds keen to see energy bills subsidised further still.

Regardless of government involvement, the survey shows that above all else, the general public are determined to find ways to protect themselves. Ahead of the autumn months, 90% of us intend to put the same measures in place while 55% are hoping to find additional ways to save money.

Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Services at Worcester Bosch commented; 'There are a number of ways we can make changes in our homes that will help to save on energy bills ranging from adjusting your thermostat to a more economic temperature, reducing shower time and switching off unused appliances at the source. There are potential savings to be made in every room of the house and with a few adjustments to usage habits, it could make a significant difference to your monthly bills.’

With a clear appetite amongst the UK public to find ways to save money, Worcester Bosch hope that this research will be a useful tool in empowering homeowners to assess the effectiveness of their efforts and are committed to highlighting further ideas to assist in cutting down on costs.

18 May 2023


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