Thursday, August 5, 2004

Energy tips for the Elderly, from Confused. com

Energy tips for the Elderly, from Confused. com

The elderly MUST take advantage of what is being offered to them.

Cardiff (PRWEB) November 27, 2009

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, there were an estimated 36,700 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2008/09, an increase of 49% on the previous year and the greatest number occurred in people aged over 85.

Gareth Kloet, Head of Energy Prices (http://www. confused. com/gas-electricity) at Confused. com comments: 'I am shocked and saddened to see such a terribly high number of elderly Britons dying from the cold. Whilst there is a huge amount of pressure on energy providers to reduce the cost of energy, it's unlikely that prices are going to fall before the cold weather sets in, if at all. There are nevertheless already measures in place to help the elderly keep warmer this winter and it's vital to take advantage of them. '

  •  Join up to the Priority Services Register or your suppliers alternative version
All major energy suppliers are obliged to provide a range of free services to certain customers through the Priority Service Register (PSR). This is designed to ensure that the vulnerable can be easily identified and assisted where possible - for example by providing alternative heating in case of planned interruption to your energy supply. Contact your energy supplier to find out if you're eligible.

  •  Take advantage of free loft and cavity wall insulation
Any household that has a resident aged 70 or over, will qualify for a 100% grant for loft and cavity wall insulation. When correctly installed, insulation will keep your home cosier in the winter and therefore make it cheaper to heat.

  •  Check whether you fall into the fuel poverty category
If you believe that you spend 10% or more of your annual income on energy bills, it's likely that you are eligible for additional assistance from your energy supplier; they should offer you a tariff equivalent to that of their cheapest.

  •  Set up a direct debit if possible
Setting up a direct debit can reduce energy costs by 10% or more - even if the tariff remains unchanged. Paying in this way will also help spread the cost of winter bills over the year.

  •  Engage with your provider
Energy providers will act responsibly if they are contacted. If anyone is struggling to pay their bills their provider will offer energy efficiency advice, check whether they have a cheaper tariff available, or perhaps help with spreading the winter payments over the year, even if the payment is not by direct debit. Pensioners should never put themselves at risk of the cold weather, as help is available if it is sought.

-ENDS-

For further information please contact:
Press office, Confused. com: 02920 434 398
Gareth Kloet, Head of Energy Comparison (http://www. confused. com/gas-electricity) at Confused. com: 02920 434 268 / 07966 722 063

Notes to editors
About Confused. com:
Confused. com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance (http://www. confused. com/home-insurance), travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.

Confused. com has all of the 'big six' energy providers on its panel, customers can save £207* on their annual energy bill by switching with Confused. com

Confused. com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused. com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.

Confused. com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. Confused. com is regulated by the FSA.

*50% of customers who switched gas and electricity (dual fuel) with Confused. com between January and June 2009 saved on average £207.58

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