HOW CARERS COULD PREPARE FOR HIGHER ENERGY BILLS
According to research, 78% of unpaid carers have spent more time this year making sure the home of the person they care for is energy efficient. This is because of higher energy bills and the cost of living increase. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful tips to help improve the energy efficiency of your loved one's home.
Our research shows that, on average, unpaid carers have spent over £400 this year on things like replacing lightbulbs with LEDs, getting boilers serviced and installing better quality curtains.
Whether you identify as a carer or not, anyone who is taking time out of their day to help someone in need is doing something important. Our selection of handy tips could help you take control of your loved one's energy usage and help keep their energy costs as low as possible.
Three tips for saving energy
1. Request a smart meter for the person you care for
One of the easier wins in making a home more energy efficient is to request a smart meter. It allows you and the person you care for to have more information about their energy usage. Helping you both work out where you could 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.
Another benefit smart meters provide to unpaid carers is automatic meter readings. They take some of the burden off of sending regular meter readings yourself and give the person you care for more peace of mind that the meter readings been sent.
Check out what Elsa, an unpaid carer for her grandad, has to say about smart meters below:
Having a smart meter is a huge deal for a carer.
You don’t have to worry about putting in meter readings, checking the meter.
If my dad knows that everything’s in control, then he feels much happier.
You’re like: “Dealt with, fine, okay, what do you want to do today?”
If you care for anyone with sight loss, dexterity issues or memory loss, an accessible in-home display has been developed with help from the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about the process of requesting a smart meter for the person you care for, click the link below:
2. Keep the heat in
Draught-proofing measures and modern insulation for homes will help retain heat. Even putting simple insulation strips around windows and doors or making sure your letter box shuts securely could help stop heat being carried away.
Insulation strips and letter box draught excluders are available for a few pounds at most DIY shops. This could help improve your heating system’s efficiency and cost effectiveness.
3. Service now, save later.
If you can, ensure that your larger appliances like boilers, ovens, washing machines and medical equipment are serviced and functioning well. Making sure they are working well now will help make sure they don’t let you down later. Larger appliances breaking down can be an unexpected cost for you or the person you look after.
Don't suffer in silence
If you or the person you care for are in debt to your energy supplier and are struggling to get on top of it, then speak to the relevant supplier as soon as possible. If they know there is a problem, they are required to work with you to find a solution.
We also have a page with advice for those worried about energy bills, which can tell you everything you need to know about the different options available to you.
Request a smart meter
Smart meters are a great way of giving the person you care for back some of their independence, and can help you 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.
- How to access supplier and government help with energy bills - Find out about all the different grants and schemes being offered that you may be eligible for.
- 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.