There is currently much concern surrounding energy prices, and it can be of no surprise when you consider recent statistics suggesting that 3.3 million percent of households in the UK are currently in a state of what is known as ‘fuel poverty’. The problem is, that although in these austere times money can be saved through cutting down on luxuries and making more discerning purchasing decisions, heating expenses unfortunately cannot be grouped into the same category.
The fact is that energy is not a luxury; it is a vital necessity of which is essential to our very survival. So the pertinent question is what can be done, if anything, to reduce costs? Well thankfully there are things that can be done, simple as they may be. It could be argued however, that people’s entire attitude to energy and the ways in which they consume it needs to evolve in order for there to be any kind of long-term effect.
Firstly, and perhaps the most obvious and yet most frequently overlooked tip is to ensure that electrical items are switched off when not in use. In this age, dominated by digital media , a single household may be powering numerous devices at any given time. Laptops are switched on and then forgotten about, as is true of tablets and the like. Simply adjusting your device’s settings to a sleep or hibernating function can significantly reduce the power used during periods of inactivity.
Proved to be one of the most effective means of reducing energy costs is insulation; it is estimated that the average household loses up to 35 percent of its heat through the roof. A good indicator of this can be seen during cold weather. For example, during the cold snaps of recent years when snow was a commonality, many houses could be seen with a sparkling blanket of snow adorning their roofs, whereas on others, the snow melted faster. Snow could perhaps indicate a well isulated loft, as less heat is escaping from the roof to melt up the snow.
Most energy saving techniques are simply a matter of common sense, which perhaps highlights the necessity of an entire attitude shift towards energy and the ways in which we use it. If we all accept the inevitable fact that the majority of our energy is generated from non-renewable sources, it is surely an obvious conclusion to reach that energy consumption is everybody’s concern and therefore ultimately a shared responsibility.
As with most contracts, it is also wise to compare energy providers periodically, to ensure that you are on the best tarrif for your needs.
Thanks to energychoices.co.uk, the UK energy comparison service, for providing this guest post. Various energy related guides, like advice on getting a new boiler, are available on the Energy Choices website.