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And despite it being the season to be jolly, one in five struggle with people being grumpier than usual in winter. While the same number of people admitted that hearing Christmas music everywhere they go is one of their pet hates. Getting out of the shower when it’s chilly, having to wear multiple layers and dealing with issues around the house also feature in the top 20.

Marc Robson, smart energy expert at British Gas, which commissioned the research, said: “While we can’t do much about the days being shorter and we’re not in control of the sun, there are some simple things we can all do around the home to make it nice and snug.

“Making a few small, practical changes will keep the house warmer for longer, without using more energy than is needed – which is also good news for your bills.”

The study found that more than a quarter of adults go as far as to say they “hate” winter, with almost half spending more time in a bad mood during this season than at any other time of the year.

Almost one in four also said they are less productive during the colder, darker months of the year, while 44 percent exercise less often.

But 37 percent admitted they do tend to sleep better in the winter, with 45 percent wishing they could just “batten down the hatches and hibernate” until it’s over.

It also emerged that while more than eight in 10 Brits love nothing more than being warm and cosy inside when the weather is wild outside, three quarters are conscious of how much they’re using the heating.

Despite this, one in five make no effort to improve the energy efficiency of their home.

Marc Robson added: “We recommend that customers fit draught excluders around the house to stop heat from escaping and insulate their pipes and their loft.

“Having a smart meter installed is also a good idea. With more time being spent in the home at the moment it means you can see how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence – helping you identify where savings can be made.”


1. The days are too short

2. Missing the sun

3. Scraping ice off the windscreen of the car

4. Heating bills go up

5. Always being too cold

6. Waking up in the dark and coming home in the dark

7. Dry skin and lips

8. Having to dry clothes indoors

9. Falling, slipping and sliding when the ground is wet/icy

10. Having to get out of bed when the house is freezing cold

11. Getting out of the shower when the air is cold

12. The car takes ages to warm up

13. The heating not working

14. Everyone has a runny nose and sniffles

15. Not being able to get warm

16. Arriving home with wet coats, umbrellas etc. that need to dry

17. Having to wear multiple layers

18. Getting wet feet when you go out

19. Getting rained on because it is too windy to put the umbrella up

20. People are grumpier

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