While the beginning of winter and the colder weather may be greeted with seasonal joy by some people, there are others that believe they will be enjoying anything but a winter wonderland, particularly when it comes to their energy bills.
Keeping warm over the winter is not a new problem, having reared its ugly head every year almost without fail.
And this winter is no different, with over half of the UK's bill payers claiming to be worried about how they will be able to afford the funds needed to heat and power their homes.
A survey carried out by the Debt Advisory Centre claims that 59 per cent said they were worried about their heating bills this winter, while 14 per cent said they were "very worried".
Some people are so worried that they resort to some rather drastic measures. Over one in five (22 per cent) said they would cut back on food in order to save the money needed for heating. That figure is the equivalent of 13.7 million people across the UK.
Going into debt is a subsequently unwanted side-effect of such situations, with six per cent claiming they would have to borrow money in order to pay their bill, which could include going overdrawn.
Other more radical measures include going without any heating at all, with 25 per cent of respondents claiming to be planning on taking such action.
Almost one in ten (eight per cent) said they would have to sacrifice having a heated home due to not having enough cash to top up their pre-payment meter, with another third (37 per cent) claiming they would have to set their thermostat at a lower temperature than they would otherwise like.
Other people appear to be going the opposite way, with 7.9 per cent of people claiming they would just run their heating regardless of any concerns and deal with the bills when they arrive.
Ian Williams, spokesman for Debt Advisory Centre, said: “It’s extremely concerning to hear that nearly half of UK households are worried about how they’ll keep warm this winter, and to learn that some people are even having to consider cutting back on food or other essentials to afford their bills.
“What’s perhaps even more worrying is that some people are considering paying for their heating bill on credit, or scrimping on other bills to cover it. If you’re already in a tricky financial situation, borrowing more or cutting back on essential bills is only likely to make it worse.”
Don't get caught out
There are a number of different ways in which you can stay away from the red this winter, so always ensure you keep an accurate record of your energy use as possible. It is also important to ensure that you never shy away from seeking advice if your bills manage to get on top of you.
If you are worried about your own personal debt situation and have read this article, please think about speaking to Dissolve Debt immediately. We can put a plan in place that suits your own circumstances and can soon get you back on the road to debt recovery. We have a team of friendly and helpful exerts waiting for your now, so pick up the phone and call Dissolve Debt today.