8 million households have already switched the heating on

A staggering three in 10 Brits  – the equivalent of over eight million households – have already switched their central heating on due to this summer’s terrible weather, according to new research from uSwitch.com

While much of Europe sizzles in a heatwave, the UK has been shivering through unseasonably cold and wet conditions over the summer – with some regions reaching as low as 2 degrees. In addition to the 30% of households who have already given in to the cold and switched their heating on, a further 17% – the equivalent of over 4.6 million households – are thinking about it, to try to keep warm.

One in three Brits would normally wait until the end of the school summer holidays or when the clocks go back at the end of October to turn their central heating on. By switching it on so early this year, millions of homes risk adding significant sums to their annual energy bill. With previous research finding that over a third of bill payers are already worried about how they’ll afford this winter’s bill, uSwitch.com urges consumers to check their account balance now and shop around for a better deal which could deliver hundreds of pounds of savings.

Switching the heating on isn’t the only thing Brits have been doing to stay warm through the summer months, with more than two thirds (68%) taking other forms of action. Three in 10 have worn woolly jumpers, a quarter  have put their slippers back on and 20% have been enjoying hot baths. More than one in 10 have put their winter duvet back on their bed, while 8% have unpacked their winter coat or put a fire on.

Claire Osborne from uSwitch, says: “It wouldn’t be the Great British summer without a certain amount of miserable weather, but the chilly conditions this year are enough to make anyone consider cranking up the thermostat. It’s incredible that eight million homes already have their heating on before we’re even halfway through August. It’s understandable given how cold it’s been over the past few weeks, but consumers need to consider the impact it will have on their energy bills.

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