With the news that Britain’s second largest energy supplier, Scottish & Southern Energy, have posted record profits of £1.5 billion, a row has erupted over whether the company should be passing on more of those gains to their customers.
Jonathon Senior, head of research at collective switching and low energy campaign ThisIsTheBigDeal.com described the news as a ‘kick in the teeth’ for customers, but if SSE are unwilling to share the spoils with us, how can we go about clawing some of that money back?
Read on as Window Fix, one of the Midlands’ most reputable double glazing companies, explains how you can save money around your home and fight back against energy suppliers.
Refit Drafty Windows
You’ll be unsurprised to discover that the first home fix we suggest is to refit windows that are letting in a draft. This is because it is estimated that approximately 15% of energy loss in European homes is due to poorly insulated windows.
If a window seal has degraded then it will be leaking out heat energy and costing you money every single day, and a refit or repair costs significantly less than forking out for a whole new set of windows.
So how do you know if your window is not insulating your home effectively?
Firstly, just take a look at the condition of your windows. Are there gaps in the frame from where the old caulking has failed?
Unfortunately some gaps are too small to be seen with the naked eye or are hidden, so run your hands along the edges of your windows to see if you can feel anything noticeable – although you will likely have to do this on a colder day.
Replace Your Showerhead
The received wisdom is that using a shower will save you water compared with taking a bath – however this doesn’t mean that your shower isn’t using more water than is necessary.
A good way to test this is to put a 2-litre container on the shower floor. If it takes less than 12 seconds to fill up, then it may be worth investing in a water-saving shower head. Although the most pleasurable to be in, unfortunately power showers are the least water efficient.
Water-saving shower heads are designed to control the flow and spray pattern of the water, however bath and shower mixers, manual mixer showers and electric showers are all more water efficient alternatives.
Invest in LED
A typical LED light bulb will cost you the best part of a tenner at least, but when you consider that they have lifespans of up to 50,000 hours (that’s 2,083 days of continuous use) and require significantly less energy than traditional bulbs, they easily make their money back before going on to save you hundreds of pounds every year.
What’s more, they are brighter and don’t contain the delicate filaments that old bulbs do, ensuring that they don’t break when transported.
What are your tips for saving energy around the home? Let us know in the comments below.