A regional row?
However, the number of energy-related quarrels varies across the UK, with Welsh households topping the table when it comes to ‘heated’ arguments. In fact, we’ve calculated that over four in ten (42%) Welsh households – almost 550,000 in total – argue about their gas and electricity. In contrast, households in Scotland and the South East were least likely to have such fiery arguments – almost a quarter (24 %) of households in each region admitted to disputes over energy.
You may be wondering why energy lies at the root of so many rifts. Well, it’s clearly a cause for money worries for many of you. In fact, we’ve found that seven in 10 of you try to ration your energy usage – that’s almost 18.7 million households in total. And keeping costs down is clearly the key motivating factor, with over 17 million households admitting to turning down that thermostat in a bid to keep down costs *.
Yet again, Welsh households led the way, with almost four in five (78%) households admitting to rationing their energy use in the home. This was closely followed by households in the South West (76%), North East (75%) and the South East (74%). In contrast, those of you in the East Midlands were least likely to be conservative with your energy use – with just six in 10 (60%) keeping those baths short or turning the lights off to keep costs down.