As our daily lives and routines have been turned upside down by the coronavirus, staying at home will have an impact on your energy demands. Tighean Innse Gall’s Energy in Transition team are available to talk to and can provide advice specific to your home circumstances. Our project aims to help you reduce your annual electrical consumption by 5% and what better time to think about what you can do to reduce your energy costs and do your bit for the environment.
You are probably going to have your heating on far more often than usual so it is important to ensure it is set correctly. The recommended temperature for fit and active people is 21°C but if you have children or are elderly it is 23°C. If you are finding your home too warm adjust your controls so that the house is a comfortable temperature all day.
In the kitchen there are a number of simple things you can do to make savings. For instance, boiling the kettle for the number of cups you need at any one time will save electricity. Chop your ingredients into small pieces as they will cook faster. Select the right size of pan for the burners you are using and cook with the lid on. When it comes to washing up, use a basin rather than letting the hot water run away, or if you are using a dishwasher, put on a full load to save electricity.
With televisions and radios on more often, switch them off when you are finished rather than leaving them on stand-by. This simple change this can save about £30 a year.
With your additional time at home, this is your chance to look at your electricity supplier and the tariff you are currently on. You can use a tariff comparison website to see how much you could save by switching either your supplier or your tariff. It’s a five minute task that could be worth a few hundred pounds. Alternatively, we can carry out this comparison for you, if you get in touch with us.
If you pay for your electricity or gas using a top-up prepayment key, Ofgem, the industry regulator, last week announced new measures to help ensure your supply is not affected during self-isolation. If you have any concerns you should contact your supplier first to find out what measures they will have in place to support you.
If you are self-isolating and unable to top-up your key at a pay point ask a friend or family member to top-up your key, or contact your supplier to make a payment over the phone and they will send you out a pre-loaded key. If you are unable to top-up this way, you can contact your supplier and they may be able to provide you with a discretionary top-up to ensure your supply is not interrupted. For more advice get in touch with us by phoning our office on 01851 706121 and leaving a voicemail message, email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign-up online here http://tighean.co.uk/eit