A recent survey commissioned by leading energy efficiency and home improvement group, entu, has revealed that almost half of British home-owners never bother studying their gas or electricity bills*.
What’s more, the survey found that 8 out of 10 home-owners are unaware of the energy efficiency rating of their windows and doors, and 71% have no idea whether they own an energy efficient boiler or not.
At a time when many Brits are struggling to pay their bills, these statistics suggest that the majority are misinformed as to how to make their homes more energy efficient.
At Zenith Home we continually remind our customers of the simple measures that can be taken to monitor energy usage. Here are some of our top suggestions:
Energy monitors are small devices that can help you to determine how much energy you are using in your home. The monitors can show you how much money your energy consumption is costing you and how much money you’re saving once you begin to change the way you’re using energy.
Smart Meters are the newest kind of energy meter. They ensure that your energy supplier can accurately monitor your gas and electricity usage remotely, so you don’t need to provide meter readings.
Prepayment meters must be ‘topped-up’ with credit ahead of energy usage. These metres are excellent for homeowners who know the amount of money that they want to spend on their energy bills and who want to budget more effectively.
Plug-in Energy Monitors
Plug-in energy monitors are used to measure the energy being used by an electric device, such as a laptop, phone charger, or even a kettle. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimates that between £50-80** of a household’s total bill is due to leaving appliances on standby, so imagine how much energy and money you are using when the appliance is in use!
Using an energy monitor is an efficient method of measuring your current energy usage and could even encourage you to use less. But please bear in mind that an energy monitor is no substitute to making energy efficient changes to your home and your own energy habits.
Before you consider an energy monitor you should make sure your home is already as energy-efficient as possible, by ensuring your home is sufficiently insulated, that there is suitable loft insulation in place, and that your home is properly draught proofed. For example, replacing old single glazed windows with A rated Zenith windows will insulate your home AND save you hundreds of pounds.
The less clueless we are about our energy consumption, the less money we pay out. Simple.
*entu – http://www.entu.co.uk/