Just one in six Britons have the heating on as much as they like
With the days getting colder, average energy bills are twice as higher than they were this time last year, and many Britons are cutting back on their heating use.
Now YouGov’s newly released ‘heating tracker’ shows that, as of fieldwork on 2-5 December*, just one in six Britons (18%) said that they had the heating on and that it was both as hot as they like and on for as long as they like.
Six in ten (61%) say that while their heating was on, it was not on for as long as they like, not as hot as they like, or both. A further 15% say they did not have the heating on at all.
Why aren’t people putting the heating on, or using it as much as they want?
Unsurprisingly, financial reasons top the list of reasons for not using the heating. Three in ten Britons (29%) said that they can’t afford to heat their home as much as I would like to. A further 15% said that although they can afford to heat their home, they need to save the money for other essentials.
One in five (22%) said that they can afford to heat their home, but prefer to save the money.
Only 9% of Britons didn’t have the heating on or use it as much as they’d like because they weren’t actually cold.
*The vast majority of respondents will have answered the question on 2 December, and therefore have been referring to 1 December.