From April 1, energy providers announced a 54 per cent increased bill price cap, adding almost £700 to household energy bills across the UK. Many Britons have been struggling to find ways to cut costs ever since, yet in the sea of information on energy use that is currently emerging, many have been sucked into the myths, and some have even made changes that could lead to energy waste.
According to recent research from Smart Energy GB, up to 66 per cent of households surveyed have made changes that have little or no impact on reducing energy costs.
Common myths about energy use that don’t impact your bills include washing dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher, keeping the heat on all the time on a low setting instead of turning it off, and leaving electronics on. standby mode at night.
Handwashing can use up to nine times as much water and requires more energy to heat up, and leaving the heat on low all day can lead to energy loss.
However, some common energy-saving habits that are effective include only filling the kettle with the amount needed, improving the insulation of the house, and turning off the TV when not in use.
The desire for more control to offset rising prices is growing, as research compiled by the Office for National Statistics indicates nearly four million have had to seek debt advice for the first time to help manage bills.
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Helen Skelton, a trusted voice on consumer issues and co-author of the Super Smart Energy Savers report, said: “It’s worrying to feel like the cost of your energy bill is completely out of your control, but unfortunately the price cap increase means this it is now the case for so many people across the UK.
“People need long-term, tangible solutions. While there are elements of the cost-of-living crisis that we can’t control, taking steps like getting a smart meter to monitor energy use and being mindful of how long your devices are on can help Brits feel more empowered. and in control of their household budgets.”
With more households needing support to manage energy prices and household bills, Smart Energy GB has partnered with Helen Skelton, Dominic Littlewood and Money Magpie to provide the following six key changes that will really hit costs.
Check your insulation and waterproofing
Properties, particularly older ones, are likely to lose heat during the day.
One of the best ways to reduce energy use is to reduce energy demand in the first place. Make sure insulation is well maintained and drafts that carry away heat are minimized.
Get a smart meter
Smart meters ensure your bills are accurate and come with an in-home display that shows exactly how much energy is being used in near real time, in pounds and pence, to give customers more control over their energy use.
If you’re trying to limit your energy use to keep bills down, knowing how much you’re using and how much you’re spending can be a big help.
Similarly, knowing what the bill will be before it arrives is also very important, and is available at no additional cost from your energy provider.
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A OnePoll survey of 5,000 British adults found almost half had bought a smart meter, with 47 per cent confirming they now feel they have more control over their energy use and 54 per cent understanding it better.
Lower and set your heating thermostat
Many people think that it is better to leave the heating on at a lower temperature, but since homes lose heat throughout the day, it is more efficient to turn on the heating only when you really need it.
The best way to make sure it’s on only when you need it is to set a timer.
Do not heat empty rooms
Whether it’s a spare room you don’t use often or a storage room you rarely enter, stop heating it up.
This could be turning off the radiators in that room or turning off the individual thermostat.
Check eligibility for grants or schemes to help pay energy bills
If you are having difficulty paying your bills, you may be able to get help from certain schemes or grants offered by the government or energy providers.
These include council tax refunds, the Warm Home Discount program, Energy Debt Grants, local energy grants, and fuel coupons.
close your curtains
Don’t underestimate the power of curtains or blinds. Drawing the shades can help retain heat in your home and reduce hot air loss.
In summer, they can also help keep rooms a little cooler by limiting the amount of direct sunlight in the room.