A million over 65s expect their health to suffer this winter because they will be unable to afford to heat their homes properly, according to a survey. The cost of heating increases as temperatures fall and boilers use twice as much gas as usual when it falls below zero. To pay higher energy bills, two fifths of pensioners said that they would dip into their savings or cut down on food and luxuries, according to the Populus poll of more than 2,000 people aged over 65. The Office for National Statistics says that 15 per cent more people die in winter and more than a third of them die of respiratory diseases. The Competition and Markets Authority said that 70 per cent of all customers – and a higher proportion of elderly people – were languishing on suppliers’ expensive standard tariff.
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