SCOTS HAVE BEEN GOING COLD OUT OF FEAR OF HUGE ENERGY BILLS
Many Scottish households went cold this past winter out of fear of incurring huge energy bills according to a major new survey.
A poll of the first 4,861 households to join the Big Energy Switch campaign reveals that:
· 7 in 10 Scots are making lifestyle sacrifices to afford their energy bills, and
· Of that group, half are sacrificing their heating to a point at where they’re no longer comfortable.
The survey launched this week as a part of the Big Energy Switch, a Scotland-wide people power campaign to cut the cost of electricity and gas in Scotland.
The campaign aims to use the huge buying power of 20,000 Scottish households to unlock group-discounted energy in Scotland.
Campaign director Michael Stewart said: “There’s clearly something wrong when a basic cost such as your heating bill is so much that people can’t afford to be comfortable at night.
“Scottish energy prices have risen nearly four times faster than household incomes since 2003 and these survey results give evidence to the pressure these rises have put on Scottish families.
“The first thing we can do to help these people is ensure they’re not paying more for their energy than they have to. That’s why I’d encourage everyone to join me in Scotland’s latest people power campaign.”
One Big Switch is one of the world’s fastest growing consumer movements, with over 700,000 members. One Big Switch has previously used Big Energy Switch campaigns to unlock group-discounted energy, and spark energy price wars, in Australia and Ireland.
Joining the Big Energy Switch is entirely cost-free and obligation-free. Consumers who wish to sign up can visit www.onebigswitch.co.uk. Registration closes midnight on 5 June 2015.