Thousands of Wells constituents may look to compare energy costs in search of cheaper rates as new figures shows that 7,000 households in the area are fuel poor.
The Mercury reports that local MP David Heathcoat-Amory has responded to the research from Consumer Focus by calling for more action to help pensioners cope with the rising cost of energy, as older people comprise a substantial proportion of fuel poor households.
He voiced scepticism over the upcoming Fuel Poverty Bill, saying that action needed to be prioritised over laws and legislation.
Mr Heathcoat-Amory told the paper: "A lot of people have come to me to say they are struggling to pay their bills and are falling into debt. Many elderly people living on their own are in poverty and we need to help them."
The Sedgemoor Citizens Advice Bureau has noticed a sharp increase in the number of people seeking help to cope with debt problems.
Last year, prime minister Gordon Brown announced plans to prioritise widespread energy efficiency as the best way of tackling energy prices.
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