In 1954, Britain rejoiced as the dark days of rationing finally concluded, nine years after the end of World War II.
But this year, rationing is back. Only this time around, the Ministry of Food isn’t involved, and nobody is predicting any banana shortages – we’re talking about energy rationing.
A survey of 1,800 households carried out by Gocompare.com has found that nearly 90% of them would be turning to some form of self-imposed reduction of energy usage to keep bills down this winter – from taking showers when they’d prefer a bath, to not using tumble dryers.
However, even though households will be turning on their heating as late as possible, many of the households surveyed said they’d never considered switching suppliers and finding cheaper energy elsewhere.
Jeremy Cryer, energy expert at Gocompare.com, said: “Winter – the peak period for energy usage – is fast approaching, so now is a good time to look at your fuel bills to see if you’re getting a good deal or whether you could save money by simply switching suppliers or moving onto a fixed tariff.
“Comparison sites like Gocompare.com enable you to quickly and easily compare the deals currently available and the savings can be substantial. It only takes a few minutes to enter your details – which can easily be found on your last gas or electricity bill – and find the right tariff for you. Once you’ve made the switch, your energy supply continues uninterrupted. The only difference you’ll notice is the saving you’ll make and your new provider’s details at the top of your next bill.”