Super Smart Energy Savers
Following recent rises in the price of energy, many of us are looking for new energy saving ideas to use in our homes. We’ve gathered some information to help you take control of your energy use and household budgets.
We’ve teamed up with well-known consumer champions Helen Skelton and Dominic Littlewood to launch the second edition of 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 and advice on energy management, as well as, identifying some of the myths about how to use less energy.
In the video below, Dominic Littlewood visits three families in Wales, Scotland and England and shows them how they could save money and energy in their homes.
I'm Dominic Littlewood, and I'm here on behalf of Smart Energy GB to help families in Great Britain make positive changes to their energy habits. So, let's do it!
Dominic: How have your bills changed since the energy crisis?
They've jumped up significantly. Both of us have had to take on second jobs. Our bills have trebled. We came from two houses into one and we paid three times as much.
Dominic: How much would you say you've used so far today?
Dominic: It's actually £1.40. It might not seem like a lot, but that is 40% more than what you thought you'd used.
Dominic: About one fifth of the average household's heating bills is heating water. So, if you get a water efficient shower head, you could save some money there.
Dominic: If the fridge doors and freezer doors aren't shut properly, or the seals aren't working, they're working a lot harder to try and keep the food cool. So, check the seals on those.
Dominic: In your other room, you've got a settee push right up against the radiator. In the winter, you need to pull that away and let the heat out. The kids’ bedrooms have got lights and you leave those on basically all night long, don't you? Get yourself some timer switches. Once the kids are asleep you don't need the lights on anymore.
That's a good idea, good one.
Dominic: This is your meter cupboard, yeah? How often are you sending readings in? Well, it could be like every three months.
Dominic: If you've got a smart meter, the readings are going to be sent in automatically and you'll have an in-home display unit, so you can see in near-real time exactly what is being used in pounds and pence. I'd imagine you'd find that very useful in your case, yeah?
Dominic: All you've got to do is contact your energy supplier to get the ball running.
Brilliant sounds like a good idea.
Dominic: Well Dom and Charlene, I've got to say it's been an absolute pleasure.
Dominic: Hopefully at the end of today you'll be able to manage your bills a little bit better. They're all simple things that will help us improve.
What is the energy price guarantee?
On September 8th 2022, the UK Government announced the Energy Price Guarantee, or EPG.
This replaced the energy price cap, and will discount the cost of gas and electricity for energy consumers and will apply to all households in Great Britain.
Under the EPG, a typical household will pay no more than £2500 per year for their energy. The government has announced that the EPG will run for two years.
It’s important to note that the Energy Price Guarantee doesn’t limit the total amount you’ll spend on energy.
This means that you will still pay for the gas and electricity that you use but the government’s Energy Price Guarantee will limit the price that suppliers can charge for each unit of energy.
The more energy you use the more you’ll spend.
Because of the relatively high cost of energy, most of us have changed the way we use energy in an attempt to reduce our energy bills. You can find out how the Energy Price Guarantee could affect your bills 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 advice which could help you reduce the energy use in your home.
Keep an eye on your fridge and freezer seals
The seals in your fridge and freezer are the barrier between the warm air outside and the cool air inside. If this seal breaks, it’ll be easier for warm air to get in. So your appliances will have to work harder to keep the temperature you set. Check your seals and replace them if you notice any cracks or splits.
Install an energy saving shower head
Did you know that around 20% of our heating bills are spent on heating water?
So, if you can, getting an energy efficient shower head could reduce the water used. Less water means less energy used to heat it. A win-win!
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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