Residents of the UK began to eat less to save energy – a study
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Parents fear they won't be able to feed their children after a new increase in heating and electricity tariffs.
In the UK, families are cutting back on purchases and choosing inferior products to save on electricity. The Guardian tabloid writes about this, citing a study by the YouGov sociological group.
Analysts surveyed 4,280 people commissioned by charities National Energy Action and Food Foundation. The study found that 28% of Britons with at least one child under 18 have stopped reheating food and are trying to cook cold meals without using the stove. Thus, they are preparing for higher gas and electricity bills amid the withdrawal of Russian energy resources.
New UK Prime Minister Liz Trust has ordered the average electricity bill to be kept at £2,500 with more than £100bn of public funding for the programme, but utility rates may be unaffordable for many families, already nearly double last year's £1,271 average). The increase is almost a third of what low-income families of two adults and two children need to buy groceries during the year.
National Energy Action has calculated that the number of UK households struggling to pay for heating will rise to 6.7m, up from 4.5m in October 2021. At the same time, 67% of British parents are afraid that due to tariff increases they will not have enough money to buy food. About 50% are also concerned about how the crisis will affect people's health.
The company's chief executive Adam Scorer stressed that many UK residents used to have to choose between the heat in the house and normal food, but now millions are deprived of even such a choice. Despite the support of the government, many children will starve and freeze because of rising energy prices.
Single mother from Kent Dominic Waters told the media that she had to take out a loan to pay utility bills. She is constantly afraid that the food in the freezer will spoil due to a sudden power outage.
“I live in a lot of stress, not knowing if I can cook food, boil a kettle, wash my daughter's clothes or just take a shower “, – shared Dominique Waters.
It was also reported that Europeans are abandoning hot showers and street lighting to save energy as Russia cuts gas supplies. EU countries expect to reduce fuel consumption by 15%.