Energy Price Increases – how to reduce consumption?  We hear this a lot when we talk to our clients recently…

The increase in energy prices recently has hit many consumers very hard, particularly during the winter months.  There are 2 reasons for energy prices soaring – firstly is the hike in the wholesale price of electricity and gas.  These costs are passed onto the energy suppliers and eventually the consumer.  Secondly, however, Ofgem sets a cap on the amount that energy suppliers can charge their consumers for gas and electricity.  In recent months, this has meant that many energy suppliers have been forced to sell their product for less than it’s cost them to purchase.  That’s why many smaller companies have gone out of business, leaving many consumers stranded.

Many experts are anticipating that energy prices will rise as much as 50% in April 2022.  This is because the energy price cap of £1,277 for customers on default tariffs and £1,309 for those on pre-payment deals will be reviewed and is expected to increase by around 50%, putting another £600 to the average bill, which for many people is unaffordable.

As consumers, we can’t change the outcome of the energy price cap review, or the wholesale price of energy, but we can find ways to reduce our consumption, which could help us manage our bills better in this uncertain time.

Here’s our top tips on energy price increases – how to reduce consumption

1.  Don’t change your energy supplier!

If your energy deal is coming to an end and is up for renewal, the best advice is to do nothing!  When your deal is up for renewal, you’ll automatically be put on a default variable rate, which is still limited by the cap that’s currently in place.

The only time that you should take another fixed rate is if the cost of your energy bills is over 40% higher than the current £1,277 price cap.

2.  Switch things off when not in use

This stands to reason, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t switch sockets off or put the tv on standby before retiring to bed.  This is one of the simplest things you can do to reduce your consumption of electricity.  Although appliances may be on standby, it doesn’t mean that they’re not eating your electricity!  The best advice is to turn them off completely!

3.  Wash your clothes at 30C

By reducing the temperature of your regular washes, you’ll reduce the amount of energy required to heat the washing machine water up.  Washing machines use cold water feeds which need to be heated to reach the temperature required to wash your clothes.  Reducing the temperature doesn’t necessarily mean that your clothes won’t be washed as well, but it does mean that you’ll be using less energy to heat the washing water than usual.

4.  Go easy on the tumble dryer

Tumble dryers are real energy gobblers and it’s worth having a think about other ways you could dry your clothes in these winter months other than to use the tumble dryer.  It’s always a compromise if the weather’s inclement and not suitable for drying clothes outside, but being mindful of the amount of energy your tumble dryer uses, it may be worth considering if you absolutely have to wash everything as often as you currently do!

5.  Bleed your radiators

Anything that we can do to make our heating systems as effective as possible will certainly help to reduce consumption.  And this extends to radiators.  We need to get our radiators pumping out as much heat as possible but at the same time be as efficient as possible too.  Air in radiators compromises their function, so it’s always worth bleeding them to keep them working effectively.

6.  Turn down your thermostats

It’s not rocket science, but worth pointing out that by turning down your room thermostats by 1 degree, could make a significant impact on your utility bills.  Also consider turning down the thermostats in rooms that you don’t use.  Instead of heating the entire house, you’ll heat only the rooms that you use every day.

7.  Take a shower instead of a bath

A shower instead of a bath could have a positive effect on reducing consumption of energy.  Obviously, the amount of energy required to heat a bath is far greater than running under a shower for 5 minutes or so.  And if you have a bath every day, this could make a huge difference to your bills!

So, there you have it!  Our tips for energy price increases – how to reduce consumption. These are only a few tips, but if you want more information, we’d be happy to help!

Green Flame Plumbing, Heating & Renewables is a Gloucestershire based plumbing firm owned and managed by partners Dale Hughes and Nathan Spencer.  We are proud to deliver a service that is second to none. Ensuring 100% customer satisfaction on every single project. We are fully insured, Gas safe, lpg & Oftec registered and offer a 24 hour call-out service.  If you’d like to know more about us, then take a look at our website or give us a call on 01452 412 549 – we’d be happy to help!



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