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Residents using candles to save on power

NEW research shows more and more residents are using candles to light their homes.

Rising electricity costs have caused Queenslanders to seek higher risk methods of cooking, lighting and heating, according to research from the 2014 RACQ Insurance Home Fire Safety Index.

"The RACQ Insurance research showed Queensland householders were turning to alternatives for electrical cooking, heating and lighting in an effort to save on costs," said RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski.

"Clearly, the rising cost of electricity has caused householders to use other sources of heat and light in their homes.

"However, there are dangers with the use of these alternatives as it brings an increased risk of fires in the home

"The research showed that 9.5 percent of Queensland householders admitted they were using BBQ cooking facilities to save on electricity bills, followed by gas cook top appliances (8.1 percent), and candles for lighting (5.4 percent)," Mr Sopinski said.

Gympie Times

Topics:  costs of living, electricity prices, fire risk, racq




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