UK’s energy-saving policies mean business’ costs set to rise

30th July 2010

This recent article in The Economist discusses how the UK’s green policies could actually cause the price of gas and electricity to rise by 24% and 43% respectively by 2020 for non domestic users. These were figures given by The Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of its new “annual energy statement”. The article discusses at some length the UK’s energy policy and the need to grow renewable sources such as wind power in order to cut overall carbon emissions.

Perhaps surprisingly though, the article doesn’t mention any measures to promote more efficient or wise use of energy by both general consumers and businesses. Demand side management brings immediate benefit to the end user in the form of reduced energy bills. This is something that all end users, residential and business, should be considering.< For example, changing to energy saving light bulbs means they will last ten years longer and can save around £40 a year. Of course, it’s important to remember to switch these off when they’re not in use!

Businesses and domestic users should also turn off all appliances when not in use. Appliances left in standby still use energy so by using energy saving products such as automatic TV and PC standby shutdown plugs and adapter, you never have to worry that you’ve left your computer on again.

Finally, turn your thermostat down! Just turning it down by 1°C can save you 10% of your heating bill each year.

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