General   |   January 31, 2022   |   Charlotte Hagan

Energy Prices & how to maximise heat

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With wholesale energy prices soaring, millions of householders are facing bigger bills. Here we take a look at ways we can cut the amount of energy we use and try and keep our bills a bit lower:

1. Insulating our homes

Easy-to-install loft insulation is still one of the most effective ways of saving energy. A third of heat loss in uninsulated homes is through the walls, and a quarter through the roof.  For those with a hot-water tank, using a cover that can be bought for around £20 can save its own cost in around a year.

2. Turning down the heat

Reducing the temperature of a room or shower doesn’t need to be drastic to make a difference. According to the Energy Saving Trust just turning down our heating just 1 can save us around £55 a year. Avoiding heating a whole space can also be achieved using infrared heaters, providing instant heat so you don’t need to use them as much as traditional electric heaters. 

3. How we cook 

Cooking can represent up to 30% of our household energy use. Individual habits, the choice of cooker, even the size of pan can influence the energy intensity of our cooking. For example, using an electric hob every day uses more energy than using a microwave oven.

Cooking more than one meal at a time can help improve the cost-effectiveness of our food preparation. 

4. Reconsider renewables

If you considered sustainable energy and heating systems like solar panels on your roof in the past and found it too expensive, it may be a good time to revisit them for long-term savings. Rising energy costs coupled with improved reliability, control and advances in storage systems have improved their viability. The price of solar panels has dropped by up to 95% in the decade to 2020.

 


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