Electricity costs ignored as bulb hoarding begins

Between 1 July 2019 and 31 December 2019, at least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Uswitch saved £479 or more.

A number of retailers in the UK have reported a rise in the number of consumers hoarding standard 100 watt bulbs ahead of them being outlawed by the European Union.

Traditional bulbs will stop being manufactured as of September 1st, but many consumers are stocking up now so they can carry on using the legacy lighting solutions.

Speaking to the BBC, Lesley Urrutia, who has run Pilton Electrical in Cardiff for 25 years, said: "Elderly customers seem to be the most worried because they don't like the new energy saving light bulbs."

"They are panic buying because they have heard they won't be able to get traditional light bulbs anymore," she added.

However, people looking to switch energy supplier to cut their monthly energy bills may be interested to hear that modern bulbs can use up to 75 per cent less energy than their traditional counterparts. They also last between six and ten times longer.

Meanwhile, Australians have opposed legislation similar to the EU light bulb law, calling it "nonsensical".

Written by Rod Dixon

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