73% of the UK Fear the Winter Energy Hangover but 1 in 10 Still Leave Heating Blazing All Day in Empty houses

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Bad habits costing UK consumers dearly despite increased awareness.

With energy prices on a rollercoaster and 76% of Brits claiming the cold snap has made them more aware of their usage, a staggering amount of people are still falling foul of bad habits that will send their bills through the roof.

Confused.com can reveal:

  •     22% of pet owners leave central heating on in empty homes for their four legged friends
  •     1 in 10 preheat empty homes all day to return to a warm house after work
  •     37% of homeowners will turn up the thermostat before considering reaching for a jumper
  •     Despite fears for bills, only 1/3 considering switching tariffs as a solution to this next year

Whilst the spotlight on energy providers during the recession appears to have made the nation savvier than they've ever been when it comes to their consumption, it appears that central heating is still the first port of call for keeping warm in homes across the nation. The average home owner is turning up the heat to a staggering 22.6c, hotter than Miami in January.

Gareth Kloet, Confused.com's Head of Energy, said: "In order to minimise the impact of unnecessarily high bills, it's important to realise that winter doesn't stop when you go through your front door. Jumpers and extra layers that keep you warm outdoors do work just as well inside and do not load your energy bills.

"It's disappointing that, whilst 76% of home owners admit to being more aware of the energy they are using, they are not using this increased awareness as inspiration to bring their cost down in the simplest, quickest way possible: by finding the most appropriate tariff and provider for them. Accredited websites like Confused.com that offer quick energy comparison make this process effortless."

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Gareth Kloet
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Notes to editors
Survey was carried out online at http://www.onepoll.com between 14/01/10 and 21/01/10.

About Confused.com:
Confused.com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.

Confused.com has all of the 'big six' energy providers on its panel, customers can save £250* on their annual energy bill by switching with Confused.com

Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused.com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.

Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.

*Confused.com customers saved an average of £252.37 on their annual energy bill in 2008.


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