Winter is coming - are people ready?
I have made a lot of effort cutting back my energy usage, currently my Electricity is close to half what I was USING and my Gas is between a quarter to 1/7th of previous USAGE for same months, despite this the cost is still higher, especially because of standing charge hikes.
I put the emphasis on USAGE because most of the people I speak to think only in terms of a fixed direct debit or topping up a prepayment meter, they do not appear to be intimate with how much they are using per day, what devices are making up that use and what they can do about it.
I see the posts on here and the amount of energy some people say they are using seems huge to me. I have been reducing energy all year so that I have the money to get through the winter, although I plan to be frugal all the way. I did not put heating on until December last year and even then only used it on the very cold sub zero days.
So this leads me to question whether people actually realise how expensive it will be, there will not be the nice £67 credit this winter and those who do get something will actually be getting less than they did last year.
Couple that with petrol price increases and supermarket which is still increasing prices every time I go in (loo rolls up 40%).
I am not asking the Government to step in for every household again, I am just wondering whether people are actually ready? Have they got to grips with their energy and are they really cutting back enough?
I think prices could bounce back because last year EU stored a lot but did not use it, also some of them cut back on manufacturing, this year things may be different which could lead to a run on energy,
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