Wednesday 18 December 2013

Dear Santa… Energy gift voucher unwrapped for Christmas

Dear Santa… Energy gift voucher unwrapped for Christmas

Never mind a book voucher from Aunty – some Brits may be getting an 'energy gift card' this Christmas.

That’s after a money saving website put just such a voucher online after a survey found 73% of Britons would appreciate help with their energy bills as a Christmas gift.

Website polled 1,689 UK bill-payers aged 18 and over.

Asked whether they would put money they were specifically given towards paying a household energy bill, nine in ten (89%) said they would. The remaining 11% said they would most likely end up using it on something else.

Half (51%) of people said they would consider giving their friends or family money towards paying an energy bill as a Christmas gift.

The new ‘energy gift card’ can be printed out and given alongside a cash sum as a Christmas present to friends and family. Results suggest some people might feel awkward about giving one as a present.

George Charles, spokesperson for the site said: “We’re not surprised by the results that more Britons would be willing to accept an energy gift than give one, because people don’t want to risk offending the recipient.”

He added: “It’s worth remembering that we’re all in the same boat in terms of household costs and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving someone the gift of energy this Christmas.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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