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Many older people in the UK are living without internet, something a switch of energy supplier could help them find the cash for.

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics show only 37 per cent of those over the state pension age and living alone had access to the web in 2008.

People of such an age may find they face a tough job in balancing the books, with numerous household costs having to be paid from their retirement pot.

But those living on the edge could still enjoy the benefits of the internet if they free up cash by completing a switch of energy supplier.

And it is not only older people who may be interested in such a move, with the numbers showing 21 per cent of one-person homes with an occupant under the pension age also have no internet connection.

Homeowners looking to save money on their power bills were advised by Tim Doherty, managing director at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon, this week to add insulation to their property.

Posted by Anne Yevel

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