Electricity use up 19% in March in Jersey

Woman sat next to heater Age Concern Jersey said it was worried how older people were coping with heating bills

Related Stories

Islanders in Jersey used 19% more electricity last month compared with March last year, according to Jersey Electricity.

A spokesman for the company said energy use had increased during the coldest March since 1962.

He said it was in contrast to March 2012, which was exceptionally warm and had the highest temperature for a March day on record.

He said, on average, electricity use was down by 1-2% since October.

The leader of Age Concern in Jersey said older people on the island were struggling with heating bills after months of cold weather.

Daphne Minihane said she was worried how they were coping.

She said: "People are coming in to us and saying their bills are now coming and £200-£300 up on what they were this time last year, and even someone came in with an oil bill which was over £1,000.

"It is hitting the elderly, it is hitting everyone very hard."

Alison Hine, who lives in States housing, said she was finding it hard to stay warm.

She said: "It has been very expensive with the winter being so cold.

"[Jersey Electricity] has put the heating bills up again so mine has doubled this year.

"Where I was paying something like £20 a week on electric, its now going to £40-£50, plus I have to buy coal as well just to keep the house warm."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Jersey

Weather

St Helier

24 °C 17 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Man holding lipWitch hunt

    The country where a writer accused of blasphemy must run


  • Espresso cupNews quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?


  • Irvine WelshDeaf ears

    Five famous Scots who can't vote in the Scottish referendum


  • Electric chairReturn of 'the chair'

    Five people talk about their roles in Tennessee's execution debate


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Canada.Hidden rail trip

    Canada's tiny, two-car shuttle is a train lover's dream with scenic views

Programmes

  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.