A woman from North Wales has resorted to lighting her home with battery-operated fairy lights to save money on bills amid the energy crisis. The Anglesey pensioner, who didn’t wish to be named, said the money-saving hack has made a huge difference to her electricity bills.
Following the energy price hike which came into force on April 1, experts have predicted that thousands of people in Wales will be plunged into fuel poverty. Concern is growing for older people in particular, as soaring energy bills are set to put further strain on households already struggling.
But a pensioner living in Benllech says she has made all-important savings by switching to battery power. She told North Wales Live: “At night I don’t have any of the lights on, I just put the fairy lights all around the living room and in the bedroom.
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“When I go to bed, I’ve got a battery operated lamp, which I use rather than a plug-in light, to keep the costs down. Especially with the prices as they are at the moment, I’ve noticed a big difference in my bills. It’s a marked difference.”
The woman, who is in her 70s, said she started using battery-operated lights three years ago. She said: “I’ve been doing it for years now and I’ve noticed a big difference. I’m not talking pennies. I’ve saved a lot on electric since I started doing this.”
She continued: “At the moment I pay £3.99 for 12 batteries – that’s much cheaper than switching the lights on. I’m not a skinflint but I object to unnecessary bills and I think other people could benefit from it too.
“Especially when you’re a pensioner, you don’t have any extra money coming in so you have to work with what you’ve got. I use oil for heating and I was horrified when I got a quote and saw the…