People who are looking to switch energy tariffs in order to get a better deal have been advised to make sure their heating systems are turned on even if their property will be empty this Christmas.
A survey by Allianz Your Cover found 15 per cent will be away over the festive period, with 40 per cent of these likely to leave their property unheated.
When asked why they will do this, 69 per cent of individuals blamed the increasing cost of energy.
However, the insurance provider warned of serious consequences should people neglect this precaution in order to save money.
"It's no surprise that energy bills are a major concern for households," stated spokesman for the organisation Andy James, though he added: "Damage from a burst pipe can be devastating - especially if it happens when the house is unoccupied."
It was noted that the average cost of repairs should this problem occur is £3,500, so leaving central heating on the lowest setting was advised by Allianz.
This could be vital for many people, as the Met Office has this week issued a cold weather alert for parts of northern England, noting a 70 per cent chance of severe conditions.
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