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Bill rises chill us to bone.

AS TEMPERATURES dip, we're getting worried that our energy bills will soar and as a result we're likely to put on an extra jumper or wrap ourselves in a blanket rather than turn up the heating.

According to The Winter Warming report from comparison site, nearly three-quarters of us are anxious about hikes in our bills this winter.

More than half of us will consider a switch in suppliers but just under three-quarters are actually delaying putting on our heating and are instead looking to cheaper alternatives.

Not all of these alternatives are free, however, and we'll spend around PS70 buying a selection of jumpers, blankets, hot water bottles and draught excluders.

Nearly 90 per cent of us also switch to hotter and more comforting foods in the evenings, which could add an extra PS26 to our grocery bill each month.

We are turning on the heating earlier in the year, although it looks as though we're changing the way we use it. Instead of having it on throughout the colder months, it seems almost half of us only turn on the heating to take the chill out of the air.

Natasha Rachel Smith, consumer affairs editor for, said: "Our report shows people are concerned whether they can afford to heat their homes this winter and are desperate to find ways to avoid turning on their heating at all.

"It's important to know how to find the best deals. Switching energy providers can make a big difference."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 27, 2017
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