Headline statistics from the research are as follows:
- 29% had requested an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) but didn't receive one - and those who reported being uncomfortably cold in their accommodation were less likely to have done so.
- 42% struggled at least from time to time to pay their energy bills, and those who reported feeling uncomfortably cold were more likely to say that paying bills was a struggle.
- Energy bills and rent payments were the most commonly reported type of payment that respondents had found themselves unable to pay (7%).
- 38% had experienced damp or mould on walls or ceilings in their current accommodation, and those who lived in cold homes were more likely to report this experience.
- 9% said they didn’t have any control of the heating where they lived, with some focus group participants noting that control was retained by their landlord.
- 55% said their accommodation was much, or a bit colder, than they would have liked over the winter, and 49% had felt uncomfortably cold in their accommodation.
- 43% had turned their heating off even though they would have liked it on because of concerns about energy costs.
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