A new survey reveals that Britons are fearful about the prospect of higher bills from their energy suppliers this coming winter.
According to a poll from the Home Heat Helpline, almost a third (31 per cent) of people are worried about another cold snap this winter, with 44 per cent concerned about how a harsh winter would affect their heating costs.
The survey, conducted by YouGov, found that people who are retired are even more concerned about higher heating bills this winter, with over half fearful of a repeat of last year's conditions.
Researchers found that the previous winter has increased awareness about energy use. More than one in three (35 per cent) respondents said they are more aware about their energy usage at home, although just eight per cent have considered fitting in insulation.
Christine McGourty, spokeswoman for Home Heat Helpline, said: "In Britain we spend our winters dreaming about summer sun yet this year, a huge number of people are worrying about winter weather."
"Even though so many people are concerned about their energy bills, only a small handful are taking action," she added.
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