Super Smart Energy Savers
According to our research, almost two thirds of people in Great Britain are trying to reduce their energy use following the energy price cap rise. And nearly half of us want more support in managing energy prices and household bills. So, we’ve gathered some information to help you take control of your energy use and household finances.
We’ve teamed up with well-known consumer champions Helen Skelton and Dominic Littlewood to launch the Super Smart Energy Savers campaign. Joining them is Victoria Bacon, Director at Smart Energy GB, and personal finance expert Vicky Parry from Money Magpie. Together, we have written the Super Smart Energy Savers Report. This report provides tips that could help you manage your energy use and household budgets.
Two thirds of us are trying energy saving methods that aren’t helping reduce our energy use as much as we’d like. So, this report provides tips and advice on energy management, as well as, identifying some of the myths about how to use less energy.
What is the price cap?
If you’re on a default tariff, energy suppliers are only allowed to charge you a certain amount of money for the energy you use. The limit to how much they can charge is known as the price cap. The price cap is reviewed every 6 months by Ofgem, the government regulator of gas and electricity.
On April 1st, the price cap increased by over 54%. This was due to a record rise in global gas prices over the last 6 months.
Because of this, most of us have changed the way we use energy in an attempt to reduce our energy bills. You can find out whether the price cap has affected you or not, and if there’s something you can do about it, by contacting your energy supplier.
What can you do to help keep control of your energy bills?
It can be difficult to know what changes you can make in your home to help keep your energy use in control. Some changes have a bigger impact than others.
The Super Smart Energy Savers report highlights the pieces of advice below, which could help you reduce the energy use in your home:
Time your heating thermostat
Many of us think that it’s best to leave the heating on at a lower temperature constantly. But as homes will lose heat throughout the day, it’s more efficient to only have your heating come on when you really need it. You can set a timer if you have one. But remember, you should only lower your heating or turn it off if you feel comfortable to do so!
Don’t heat empty rooms
If you don’t use your bedroom throughout the day, or if you have a spare room, stop heating it to save money. You can do this by turning the radiators off in that room when it isn’t in use.
Check eligibility for grants or schemes to help afford energy bills
If you are struggling to pay your bills, you might be able to get help from certain schemes or grants offered by the government or energy suppliers. Examples include a council tax rebate to keep safe and put towards energy bills, Warm Home Discount Scheme, Energy Debt Grants, local energy grants and fuel vouchers.
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 and in pounds and pence, giving customers more control over their energy use. If you’re trying to limit your energy use to keep bills down, knowing how much you are using – and what you’re spending – can be a huge help. As can knowing what the bill will be before it arrives. And they’re available at no extra cost from your energy supplier.
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