Research carried out by Bristol-based sustainability company Sustain has revealed 90 per cent of British consumers are concerned about increasing energy prices this winter.
The poll revealed that 16 per cent will need to cut back on household essentials such as food in order to pay their bills this winter.
Forty per cent said that they did not understand the energy-efficiency measures that could be implemented in their home in order to bring down energy bills.
Eighteen per cent stated that there was not enough information on such matters made available to them.
Sustain CEO Tobias Parker said: “If, as our research shows, two-thirds of the country (65 per cent) are going to struggle to pay energy bills this winter then there is clearly a fundamental problem that needs fixing immediately.
“The longer the energy debate goes on breeding uncertainty, the higher the price will be that consumers pay. The current political point scoring, which is being put above the interests of jobs, household bills and the security of the future is a disgrace and needs to end.
“Calls to shift the collection of funds used for investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy away from energy bills and onto general taxation are merely another attempt to win over the support of the UK public.
“Rather than attempting to deflect attention from the true costs of energy by looking at a relatively small component of peoples’ bill, action needs to be taken to encourage householders to save energy in order to bring down bills through energy-efficiency.”