Battery-powered fairy lights could help struggling families save money, a woman has claimed. The pensioner from Anglesey who came up with the money-saving hack says it has made a big difference to her electricity bills.
Families across the country are struggling to make ends meet due to the cost of living crisis, which got even worse this month after the lifting of the energy price cap. Households are facing annual increases of around £700 on their energy bills.
But a pensioner living in Benllech, who did not wish to be named, says switching to battery powered lights has made all the difference for her. 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 price had doubled since last time. The prices just keep going up.”
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