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23 February 2011

Could low energy bulbs help homes that miss discount scheme?

Installing low energy bulbs or Smilight tubes could be one way families that are missing out on the government's Warm Home Discount can save money on their electricity bills.

Consumer Focus has stated the initiative - which offers £130 discounts to low income pensioners - is not giving assistance to the 1.5 million households that are also at risk of living in the cold and are already listed as being part of the fuel poverty 'super priority group'.

Those who are identified as such may only be granted money off at their provider's discretion.

Energy expert for Consumer Focus Jonathan Stearn said: "Leaving it to energy companies to decide who gets this help is not the way to develop a consistent and strategic approach to helping those in fuel poverty."

Last week, Kevin Mountford, head of banking at moneysupermarket.com, stated that with rising living costs, homeowners need to make changes to claw back some of their money - which could be achieved with energy saving lamps.

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