Almost half of Brits cut food and clothing spend to heat their homes

New figures have revealed that soaring energy prices are a growing problem for many Brits, as 48 per cent have said they have had to cut back how much they spend on food, school equipment and clothes to be able to afford to heat their homes.

According to energylivenews.com, the figures, which were released by the Energy Bill Revolution, showed a shocking one in five Brits have decided to save money by turning off their heating over the winter months, even though they are cold.

It also estimated that around seven million people are currently living in fuel poverty, 2.2 million of which are children. Moreover, the number of children in fuel poverty has increased by 26 per cent compared to a year ago, meaning 460,000 more children are now growing up cold.

An additional survey from uSwitch backed up the Energy Bill Revolution's claims, as it also found that around seven in ten homes have chosen to turn off their heating at some point during the winter due to high fuel costs. Furthermore, a third of this group believe turning their heating off has had a negative effect on their health.

Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said there are a couple of things Brits can do in order to save themselves money instead of turning their heating off altogether.

“Rather than compromising on their health, I would urge consumers to follow the two golden rules to lowering household energy bills,” she explained. “The first is to ensure their home is as energy efficient as possible so that they aren't wasting energy, and the second is to pay as little as possible for what they do use by switching to the cheapest tariff for their needs,” reports thisismoney.co.uk.