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Check energy prices

If you are thinking about changing your energy supplier, there are few questions that you need to find answers to:

  • What is the cost per unit?
  • Is there a standing charge?
  • Will prices change?
  • Are there any changes for exiting the contract prematurely?
  • Are there any discount for dual fuel?
  • How can I pay my bills?
  • Are there any costs to changing the payment method?
  • Where can I pay my bills?
  • What happens if I cannot pay?

If you need more help, just email our Home Energy Adviser at kasha@sustainableselkirk.org.uk

Monitor your energy usage

There are different ways how you can monitor your energy usage at home. You can (or rather your energy supplier) install a smart meter, electricity monitor or use a plug-in electricity power consumption meter. The first two (smart meter and electricity monitor) monitor your whole house electricity usage and a plug-in meter tells you exactly how many kWh a particular device or appliance is drawing. Whatever tool you’ve got, it will help you keep track of how much energy you’re using at home.

Take care of your doors

Regardless of the time of year, without a decent seal on your external doors, cold air can easily penetrate your home and make an otherwise warm and comforting home feel chilly and unwelcoming over time. Alternatively, if your home is draught-free it will be comfortable at lower temperatures – so you may be able to turn down your thermostat, saving more on your energy bills.

Take care of your floor

Floors are the contact point between us and our house, so additional body heat is lost as our feet conduct heat to a cold floor. To compensate for cold feet, people will often jack the thermostat up from the seemingly ‘uncomfortable’ room temperature of 20-21°C. Cold floors in an otherwise warm house are a result of insufficient insulation; that means a greater rate of heat loss and higher heating costs (https://www.ecohome.net/).

For more simple energy saving tips come back next week and if you’ve got any comments or similar tips, please drop Kasha an email (kasha@sustainableselkirk.org.uk)