Britons are worried about high energy bills as temperatures drop across the country. Three residents told the Guardian they were doing everything they could to avoid heating up their homes. One woman said she wore a jacket and hat inside to keep warm. Something is loading.
People across the UK are delaying turning on their heating as temperatures drop across the country amid a growing energy crisis.
Energy bills have soared in recent months as the war between Russia and Ukraine has put pressure on global gas supplies and left many Europeans facing a harsh winter.
Jo Love, a 64-year-old housekeeper living in the UK, told the Guardian she wore a dressing gown, jacket and hat in her house instead of turning on her heating. Love said she also limits her electricity usage.
“I decided to only watch an hour of TV at night and go to bed at 8:30 p.m.,” she said. “I’ve never done anything like this before – it’s crazy.”
Ilona Hughes, 54, told the outlet she was putting off heating her one-bedroom flat in London despite the cold weather affecting her health.
“My flat can get quite damp because it’s a Victorian conversion. We have solid brick walls and there’s a lot of condensation in the mornings on the windows and it’s damp. The dampness gets right into my lap like arrows,” she said. said.
A company director, Richard Benson, said he was aiming to avoid heating his house until December. He told the Guardian he was putting his two young children, a two-year-old and a three-month-old, in extra nappies.
“The baby has two onesies, and if someone isn’t carrying him, he has a blanket on top,” he said.
Benson added that he was lucky the decision was not financial, but that he was worried about domestic supplies.
“I just don’t see it being the right thing to do – if everyone uses less there will be less demand and prices won’t be so high. Even if I can afford it, cutting back a little helps everyone. I see it as the ultimate selfishness not to try to help a little,” he said.