HOW CARERS COULD PREPARE FOR HIGHER ENERGY BILLS
According to research, 54% of unpaid carers say the amount it costs them to look after those they care for has gone up in the last 6 months. This is due to higher energy bills and the cost of living increasing. And with the price cap increasing again in October, now is the time to prepare for the future.
The good news is that there are things you can do to help. We found that nearly 7 in 10 (69%) of unpaid carers agree that if they knew the person they care for had accurate energy bills, they’d have more peace of mind.
That’s why we’re bringing you a selection of handy tips to help you take control of the energy usage in the homes of those you care for.
1. Request a smart meter for the person you care for
Whether you identify as a carer or not, anyone who is taking the time out of their own day to help someone in need is doing something important. A smart meter could help you free up time usually spent on admin for the things that really matter.
Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters being installed in homes in England, Scotland and Wales, to replace older meters. With a smart meter, you'll benefit from automatic meter readings. So, you'll spend less time worrying about forgetting to send in readings every month.
But that isn’t all! Smart meters could make managing energy bills easier. This is because they provide accurate billing, so you only pay for what you use.
Alongside this, smart meters can help households save energy thanks to the accompanying in-home display. An in-home display is a small device that shows how much energy your household is using, and how much it costs, on a screen. It allows you and the person you care for to have more information about their energy usage. Helping you both work out where to save energy and money.
It is important to remember that you'll have to make changes to save energy with a smart meter, it’s not automatic.
To request a smart meter for the person you care for, simply type their energy supplier in the box below and we'll redirect you to their website.
2. Draught proof their home, if you can
Even a small draught can make any room a lot colder, so stopping that bit of chilly air coming in will make an instant difference. It’ll also help rooms retain heat for longer. This means that the person you care for will use less energy to heat their home.
About 35% of a home’s heat will escape through the walls or gaps in and around windows and doors.
To prevent this heat from escaping, you could try putting simple insulation strips around windows and doors. These are available for a few pounds from most DIY shops. These will help the person you care for save money on heating their home, and help improve their heating system’s efficiency.
Also, you could try making sure their letterbox shuts securely. If it doesn’t heat could be escaping out!
3. Ensure their larger appliances are working before winter
Ensure larger appliances and equipment are functioning well now, so they don’t let you down later. If they do stop working in the winter months, this could result in unexpected spending for you or the person you care for.
These appliances could include:
- Stairlifts and other mobility equipment
- Powered medical devices
- Essential appliances such as ovens, washing machines or boilers
Request a smart meter
Smart meters are a great way of giving the person you care for back some of their independence, by helping them manage their energy bills. It also takes meter readings off your list, giving you the time for the things that really matter.
Click the link below to begin the process:
Want to find out more?
- How smart meters could transform health and social care - In just a few years, with the consent of the householder, data from smart meters could be used to help provide better care for people with conditions such as dementia.
- Smart Energy Explained - New research reveals that people living with a long-term disability, on low incomes or in later life say having a smart meter has made their lives easier.
- How a smart meter could benefit you, and the person you care for - More information about how a smart meter can make life easier, and how to request a smart meter for the person you care for.