Big Energy Saving Week

It’s Big Energy Saving Week and it’s all about helping you spend less on your electricity bills and helping the environment!

Big Energy Saving Week is not just about using less energy. It’s also about helping you save money and stay on top of your bills. With the current pandemic and many on furlough it’s more important than ever to monitor your energy consumption.

We’ve put together 10 things you can do to improve on your spending while also being eco friendly in the fight against our climate crisis.

1.Get a smart meter

Check if your supplier offers smart meters. These little devices show you which appliances use the most energy (such as your kettle) so you can take steps to cut costs.

2. Invest in battery storage

Battery Storage systems allow you to capture electricity when it is readily available and save it until a time when it is needed, particularly in a morning or evening. They are really useful for people with Solar PV systems who can use more of the clean energy they generate at home. If you already have a Solar PV, an energy storage system can help reduce your fuel bills drastically and offset your carbon emissions. If you’re interested in investing in Battery Storage, please visit www.esegroup.co.uk/battery-storage or get in touch with our Customer Service team and we’ll be happy to give you more information.

3. Insulate your home

If you can afford it, invest in some home insulation. While you’re paying more upfront, here’s what you could save each year:

Loft insulation: up to £180 (average saving)

Wall insulation: up to £140 (average saving)

There are also a number of Government funded home improvement schemes available to. Enquire with our partners www.greenhomesscheme.com to see if you’re eligible.#

4. Install and use heating controls

If you don’t already have a room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves, installing them – and using them well – could save a typical home £75 a year according to the Energy Saving Trust. It will also cut your home’s carbon emissions by 320kg a year. Heating controls should let you: set your heating and hot water to turn on and off to suit you, heat only the parts of your home that need it, set different temperatures for different areas of your home and keep your home at a temperature that’s comfortable, without wasting heat.

5. Choose energy-efficient appliances: save up to £213

If you’re replacing an appliance, you can cut your electricity bills by choosing the most energy-efficient model. For example, running costs for washing machines, depending on size, vary between £15 and £63 a year.

6. Switch to solar

Solar energy helps you save money on electricity bills and protects against price rises imposed by the big utility companies. Since the turn of the century, the average energy bill has doubled and since Jan 1987 it has in fact trebled, say The Office For National Statistics. Not only will this be a great investment, but you will also be helping the environment at the same time!

7. Only boil the water that you need

The British public consume 165 million cups of tea each day – but two thirds of people boil far more water than they actually need. UK tea drinkers could collectively save nearly £1m a day in electricity savings by only boiling what’s needed, data from We Are Donation shows that’s not even including coffee drinkers, or boiling water for cooking!

8. Don’t over shop

For most households, the fridge is the single biggest power consumer, running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To keep costs as low as possible, pack the fridge about two thirds full without overcrowding, the experts advised. This allows the cold air to circulate and means less than a third of the cold air can escape when you open the door.

9. Warm home discount

The warm home discount deducts £140 from winter energy bills, which benefits mainly OAPs without bumper private pension schemes. However, some low-income families and people receiving benefits also qualify for this assistance. Other benefit recipients should ask their supplier if they qualify for this discount.

10. Bleed your radiators

If a radiator is colder at the top than at the bottom this usually means it needs bleeding. This process releases the trapped air that stops radiators heating up properly, impacting the efficiency of your heating system.

We hope this has given you some food for thought! If you have any further questions why not drop us a message? We would love to hear from you! Email: mail@esegroup.co.uk