3m UK households ‘owe £188m to energy suppliers’: Almost three million UK households already owe £188 million to their suppliers before the winter and are struggling with their energy bills.
That is according to new analysis, which estimates 2.8 million households have an average debt of £68.20 each, according to comparison and switching service Uswitch,
Compared to this time last year, the conclusion of the report suggests the number of homes that are in debt has accelerated by 22%, an estimated sum of 460,000 extra households.
Conducted by 2,003 adults, the research also acknowledges 65% of those in debt say the amount they owe their provider is the same or more than what they owed last year.
In addition to almost 14% of customers stating that they intend not to put their heating on even when it’s cold, nearly 9.6 million households are worried about how they are going to pay their bills this winter
Almost 2 million households intend to spend less on food in order to be able to pay for energy bills while about 8% remark that they are going to try to spend extra time out of the house to avoid heating.
The study has also found that nearly four-in-ten of households will wear more layers of clothing so they can avoid putting the heating on this year.
“It’s incredibly worrying that so many more homes have found themselves in energy debt as we head towards the coldest time of the year.
“It’s also alarming that nearly two million households will be forced to choose between heating or eating just to make ends meet.” Commented Sarah Broomfield, Energy Expert at Uswitch.
3m UK households ‘owe £188m to energy suppliers’