Stress rising as people struggle to pay energy bills, study states

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A recent study conducted by the Energy Saving Trust has revealed that more people are becoming stressed over rising gas and electricity prices.

Cited in an article published by Click Green, the "In From the Cold" report also found that 11 per cent of callers seeking the Trust's advice stated that they spend a fifth of their income on energy for the home - compared to just three per cent in 2009.

Commissioned by the government, the report went onto suggest that 8.5 million UK households would be unable to afford to pay for their energy by 2016.

Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, commented on the study's results.

He said: "There is a pressing need to tackle cold, unhealthy homes. Looking at information from the thousands of calls we receive, it's clear that this is both a deeply personal concern for many people and a wider social issue. Over a quarter of people can't heat their home properly, and for a fifth it's a cause of serious stress.

"Our remit historically has been to reduce carbon emissions from people's home. We're now a social enterprise - and fuel poverty is a great social issue of our age. This something that needs to be tackled in partnership and viewed from both a national and local perspective - and we want to make sure our experiences helping people in fuel poverty are used to best effect," Mr Sellwood concluded.

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