We’re all rethinking our energy usage right now, but did you know the difference a few simple changes can make to your energy bill? In this blog you’ll find information about what makes up an average household’s energy consumption and tips for savings. These are example figures only.
And remember that for increased budgeting accuracy and control over your energy saving, eligible households can also install a smart meter free of charge.
Heating and hot water accounts for over 50% of your energy bill.
Reducing your thermostat by one degree could save £80
Taking a four minute shower could save £70
Draught-proofing windows and doors could save £45
Reducing your boiler flow temperature could save £112
Cold appliances such as freezers account for 13% of your bill.
Freezers are on 24 hours a day so there’s a benefit to investing in energy efficient appliances if you’re thinking of replacing yours. For instance, choosing a D-rated fridge freezer over a F-rated unit can save you about £570 over its usual 17-year lifetime.
Appliances like washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers account for 14% of your bill.
Avoid using the tumble dryer, this could save you £60
Reducing your washing machine use by one run per week for a year and selecting a 30 degree cycle could save you £28
Reducing your dishwasher use by one run per week for a year could save you £14
Kitchen appliances make up about 4% of your bill.
Not overfilling the kettle could save you £11
Lighting makes up about 5% of your bill.
Swapping for LED light bulbs could save you £55
Switching off lights in unused rooms could save you £20
Electronics make up about 6% of your bill.
Switching off devices on standby could save you £55
Energy saving information sourced from Energy Saving Trust based on England, Scotland and Wales savings for a typical three-bedroom, gas-heated home in Great Britain, using a gas price of 7.4p/kWh and electricity price of 28.3p/kWh (based on April 2022 price cap). Water savings are based on average occupancy. This household is projected to spend a total £1,970 on energy annually, including standing charge. Energy consumption information sources from Energy Saving Trust. LED-saving information sourced from Energy Saving Trust. Thermostat saving information sourced from Energy Live News. Boiler flow temperature calculation based on 6% bill reduction from Heating and Hot Water Council study against Ofgem’s medium consumption (12,000 kWh) at gas unit rate 14.758p per kWh plus standing charge of 28.485p per day (£1,874.95).
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