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Friday, December 02, 2022

Parents eat cold food to save energy costs in UK

According to a UK study, parents facing skyrocketing energy bills are cutting back on the amount of food they buy and eating cold food to save energy.

A quarter of parents with at least one child under the age of 18 have reduced the amount of food they buy to ensure they can afford other basic household items, including gas and electric bills , which are going to increase from Saturday.

A YouGov survey, Commissioned by the National Energy Action and Food Foundation charity, showed that 28% of parents also reduced the quality of the food they bought.

The survey of 4,280 adults found that more than one in 10 parents ate cold food, or food that didn’t require cooking, to save money on energy.

Domestic energy costs will rise again from October 1 as rising bulk gas prices are reflected in consumers’ bills.

Despite Prime Minister Liz Truss’s policy of freezing a typical household energy bill at £2,500, which could cost the government over £100bn in funding, many households are still unable to pay the new rates. Will fight for , as they are almost twice the average bill of £. 1,271 from a year ago.

This increase is equivalent to about a third of the food expenditure of a very low-income household with two adults and two children over the course of a year.

National Energy Action said rising costs meant the number of UK households in energy poverty rose to 6.7 million from 4.5 million last October.

Their study found that 67% of parents were concerned that rising energy prices would mean they would have less money to buy food. More than half were concerned about the approach of this winter and its impact on the health of their families.

Adam Schorer, executive director of National Energy Action, commented: “People have had to choose between heating up and eating out. Millions of people won’t even have that choice this winter. Despite government support, rising energy prices continue to make a difference. The most vulnerable, including children, will be cold and hungry.”

Dominic Waters, a single father living in subsidized rental housing in Kent, spoke of the concern prompted by relying on emergency credit to top up prepaid meters.

He said, “I’m in an emergency when there’s a power emergency, not knowing if I’ll be able to cook, boil a kettle, wash my daughter’s uniform or even take a bath. “

Waters says he gets “scared” when the power goes out overnight because the food in the freezer goes bad. “It’s a really tough way to live,” he said.

Bulk gas prices surge again this week after a series of gas leaks from underwater pipelines in Europe have caused a slight delay in rising prices for consumers, raising supply concerns. This week’s cold in Britain is likely to put further pressure on gas demand.

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