Energy costs forcing people to change the way they live, Hodge research shows

New research from specialist lender Hodge has found 88% of British householders are concerned about the rising cost of energy.

And, when asked if they have changed the way they run their homes in light of increased energy costs, 69% revealed they had done that too.

When questioned about the specific changes they had made to save energy and money on utility bills, the top five energy saving actions came out as:

Turning off unnecessary lights

Turning off water when washing hands, shaving, brushing teeth

Unplugging unused electrical items

Using natural light in the home

Taking shorter showers






Hodge asked 2,000 people how they felt about the current state of the energy market and energy pricing, and how it was affecting their lives and financial decisions. Hodge carried out this research to support its relationship with its partner Sero – an energy technology and services company which supports the transition to net-zero across the residential housing sector – which Hodge invested in earlier this year.

Emma Graham, business development director for Hodge, said of the findings: “We have known for a while that the ongoing increases in energy prices are a major factor in the financial squeeze on households around the UK – but our findings show nearly all those we asked are concerned, demonstrating that those money worries may be more widespread than we originally thought.

“So, it’s great to see people are making positive steps to reduce their energy consumption in response to this and, although in the grand scheme of things these small changes won’t make a big difference to bills, they will collectively make a big difference to the environment and hopefully our mental health as a nation too, which has to be a good thing.”

Emma added: “What we are also finding is that the constant uncertainty around household bills and in the wider economy is also having a knock-on effect on how people are financing their homes, which is why now, more than ever, we believe our intermediary partners have a vital role to play in helping their clients through this financially fractious time.”