Tips to Lower Your Energy Bills and Stay Warm
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
With British Gas following on the heels of SSE with an increase of 9.2% for gas and electricity, itís time to look at a few ways of saving energy where possible. The ideas may seem logical to some, but every bit of advice helps. The remaining four major energy companies are expected to follow with increases of their own soon. One of the main areas where a saving can be made is to do some comparative shopping and see which supplier will give you the best price. Ofgem have indicated that changing suppliers could save you up to £100 per annum. It would appear that opting for a long term fixed tariff is the best option to go for.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has suggested that wearing an extra jumper would reduce energy costs. It makes good sense and should be common practice in all homes. It is no secret that part of your energy bill goes into the subsidies to increase green energy usage and becoming more compliant in line with low carbon emissions as set out by the EU. Just how much is being added to bills and is it all totally necessary. Politicians are going to have to be more forthcoming in the future when quizzed about the costs and the need for renewables and energy saving measures.
There is Labour with their promise to freeze energy bills from 2015 if they are elected. This idea looks good on paper but what is to stop the energy companies from increasing their tariffs before and after the price freeze and energy companies are warning of blackouts. There is another school of thought that breaking up the Big Six Energy Suppliers would increase competition in the energy market, but there are no assurances that this would not lead to an even stronger consolidation of companies later on.
Britain has started the roll out of smart meters to be completed by 2020, which will show householders exactly where their energy usage is highest, and allow consumers to change their habits accordingly. In the homes where smart meters are already installed, energy usage has dropped by an average of 15%. Leaving appliances running when they are not in use is a big culprit for increased energy usage. With all of the suggestions being put forward the one that makes most sense is reducing your energy consumption, leading to lower energy bills.
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