The recent wet weather has resulted in a 200 per cent rise in summer heating bills, as Brits continue to use energy at levels normally seen in May.
Research from utility company npower revealed half of all homes have used some form of heating in the last four weeks, with 58 per cent of those aged over 55 turning on their radiators.
Men were found to be more likely to switch on the heating, with 51 per cent admitting they have altered their thermostat compared with 49 per cent of women.
David Bond, npower's customer marketing manager, told the Daily Telegraph: "The weather over the last couple of months has seen many people reaching for the heating controls so it's important that heating systems are well maintained so they are ready to spring into action when needed."
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