PPI refunds could give some British consumers the extra financial boost they require to pay their energy bills this winter.Due to the tough economic climate created by the banking crisis and rising gas and electricity prices, 82 per cent of households in the UK are now worried about how they are going to be able to afford their fuel bills this winter, according to new research from Confused.com.The study found that many people were making extreme alterations to their spending to cope, as 43 per cent are buying less food than they have in the past."As costs of everyday living are increasing, people must look at alternative ways to save money rather than cutting down on daily essentials or even those little luxuries," said Lisa Greenfield, energy expert at the comparison site.A prior study from Confused.com revealed many people were already rationing the amount of gas and electricity they used, with some sharing bath water and eating by candlelight.Samantha ClarkeSamantha is a former banking assistant and has over ten years experience in retail banking.
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