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Households turning off heat

Thursday, 16th March, 2017 1:01am

Up to 70 per cent of people in Irish households went without heat at some point this winter.

New research says that this was to keep costs down and to save money.

The findings reveal the extent that households will go to in order to keep a lid on energy costs during the coldest months of the year, with up to one-quarter (24 per cent) of people regularly going without heating.

With the average household gas and electricity bill now standing at €2,060 each year, this high cost is forcing many to potentially compromise on their comfort, health and wellbeing.

These figures, from Switcher.ie, say that despite some parts of Ireland seeing the mildest winter in 10 years, the level of energy rationing this year has caused discomfort for many, with 44 per cent admitting to being colder at home this winter than we would have wanted to be.

However, despite some of these extreme measures, 55 per cent of people think they achieved the right balance this winter between keeping warm and managing their energy costs.

One-fifth however, would like to do more, but are concerned about the potential impact on their quality of life or health.

Eoin Clarke, Managing Director of Switcher.ie, said: “The high cost of living in Ireland means that people are being forced to not just forego luxuries but also to cut down on household essentials, such as heating, to make ends meet.

“With households frequently going cold this winter, the danger is that they could be putting their health or well-being at risk in this effort to save money. And with potential energy price rises around the corner, these findings must be a wake-up call about the impact of high energy costs on consumers.”

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