What measures will you take to reduce energy bills?

30th October 2013
Energy bills are going up.

Consumers will be looking for ways to lower their bills as all six energy providers announce plans to raise prices.

Research from Which? reveals that nearly eight in ten people are worried about energy prices – with three in ten saying they don't know how they will afford to keep their houses warm this winter.

The prime minister and consumer groups are urging people to shop around for cheaper energy suppliers following the price hikes by E.ON, British Gas, npower, EDF, Scottish Power and SSE.

Unsurprisingly, a new study commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) reveals that the British people are being “bamboozled” by mixed-messaging on UK energy debates.

Of the 2,000 adults quizzed, 52 per cent had looked at ways to reduce their energy use after hearing or reading about rising energy bills.

The EST has produced some guidance for homeowners on how they can make their home more energy efficient and cut bills as a result.

Unless a house is very new, heat is most likely being lost though holes such as draughts around doors and windows or gaps around the floor.

An effective way to combat this is by DIY draught proofing windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards, the EST suggests.

While this could cost up to £115, such measures could save £55 a year in a draughty home. Taking these steps could pay for themselves in just over two years.

A good medium cost tip is making sure your boiler has the right controls. This will save the pennies by allowing householders to set the heating to come on and off when necessary, heat just certain areas of the home and decide how warm the area should be.

A higher-cost tip the EST recommends is cavity wall insulation. The average installation cost for cavity wall insulation is between £450 and £500 and can save up to £140 a year. The measure could pay for itself in less than four years.

EST chief executive Philip Sellwood, said: “The higher-cost measures, such as wall insulation, have higher long-term rewards for homeowners, but even small changes around the home – like fitting draught excluders – can make a big difference to energy bills and comfort levels.”

 

Posted by The EnerGenie

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