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Sam Smith follows two old age pensioners to find out how, by keeping their house too cold, they may be threatening their lives. Plus, tracking down the electricity thieves who are ripping off honest bill payers.

Release date:

29 minutes

Last on

Mon 20 Jan 2014 19:30
BBC One Channel Islands, South West only

'Cold oldies' face potential winter dangers

'Cold oldies' face potential winter dangers

Inside Out's Sam Smith asked pensioner Pamela Tilney Ellis, 79, to take part in an experiment looking at the impact of the cold on her body.

 

She lives in a house in Devon where she keeps the temperature at a chilly 15°C even though experts say 21°C is the ideal temperature for the elderly.

 

Pamela wore a blood pressure monitor for 24 hours, and the results were analysed by Professor Goodwin.

 

Watch the Inside Out video feature on the BBC News website.

Energy theft

Energy theft

Criminal gangs are helping homeowners and landlords avoid paying for power by "hotwiring" supplies for as little as £10, BBC Inside Out has learned.
 

 

Read the exclusive Inside Out story on the BBC News website.

Meet the inspectors tackling the energy thieves

Meet the inspectors tackling the energy thieves

As energy prices increase, a growing number of people are choosing to steal their gas and electricity.

 

For some it comes down to being cash-strapped, but others are prepared to cheat the system whilst also endangering the lives of neighbours.


 

Watch the Inside Out video feature on the BBC News website.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterSam Smith
Series EditorSimon Willis