Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Families Sell Car to Keep Heating on

radiator
Submit this page to redditDelicious

6:01am 18th June 2012

Pirate FM has learnt some parents in Cornwall are being forced to sell their car to keep the heating on.

A new report reveals one in five families in parts of the Duchy are locked into fuel poverty.

St Ives ranks as worst in Cornwall and second worst in the southwest. More than 21% of households are spending more than 10% of their income on heating and power.

But experts warn the numbers could rise this year because of increases in bills.

Lisa Barnett from St Ives has a three year old and one year old. She said, "Every day is very, very difficult. I have to keep an eye on the meters, how much I'm spending. I've had to cut down on the amount of washing I'm doing. I've had to sell my car - I can't afford to run that because I have to pay other bills.

"I don't have the heating on in my house for my three year old and my one year old because I can't afford to keep it on all the time. They have to wear jumpers. I should be able to heat my house for my kids, but I can't."

Three Ways to Cut Your Bills

  • Consider switching suppliers and fixing your bills for a certain length of time. There are lots of different comparison sites to help you do that. If your fixed term is coming to an end, shop around for another deal. But remember to give the comparison site the price you will be paying after the deal comes to an end, not the one you are paying now.
  • Making sure you have the right insulation can save you £120 a year, according to The Energy Saving Trust.
  • Making small changes can make a big difference. Remember to shut your curtains at night around your home to stop heat escaping. Turn appliances off properly, don't just leave them in standby. Check things like music systems, TVs, DVDs and computer monitors. A lot of them use power even if you aren't using them. This so-called "phantom energy" can be up to five percent of your entire electricity bi
6:01am 18th June 2012

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
torpoint crash

Three people injured after car flips over

It happened near Torpoint on Friday afternoon

fire

Car fire on Cornwall's busy A30

Firefighters and police got the shout to Chiverton Cross

Most read
storm waves 2

UPDATE: Wind warning for the whole of Cornwall

Attraction shut and major event postponed

st merryn death

Cornish pensioner sentenced for killing wife

A judge has described the case as "very sad"

Top articles

Woman 'attacked by gang' in Camborne

Cornwall News: She was grabbed from behind and robbed

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Labour suspend Ivan Lewis MP amid sexual harassment investigation

National News: Labour has suspended Ivan Lewis MP amid an ongoing investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

East 17 singer Brian Harvey arrested over 'malicious tweet'

Showbiz News: Former East 17 band member Brian Harvey has been arrested over claims he sent malicious tweets.

Argentina submarine search: Sound detected is 'consistent with explosion'

World News: A sound detected in the hunt for a missing submarine is "consistent with an explosion", Argentina has said.

James Vince impresses on day one of Ashes, says Nasser Hussain

Sports News: James Vince looked a far more astute player in his Test comeback, says Nasser Hussain, on a pleasing day for England - but things will get tougher at the Gabba…

Beverly Hills youth football referee quits, telling parents 'I despise you'

Strange News: A youth football referee has quit in a letter to fellow parents, saying he holds them in contempt.

Newer article

Armed Police on Village Streets

Cornwall News: 999 call reports of air rifles

Older article

Cornish Quarry Warning

Cornwall News: New YouTube video spells out the risks to Duchy youngsters

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall