Energy prices are forecast to stay high for the next two to four years. A government support package will keep average energy bills at £2,500 per year or less until July this year.
There are lots of little things you can do to save energy in your home (see below).
Struggling to pay?
Speak to your energy provider. Please don’t ignore the problem they can always help with arrears, payment plans, direct debit amounts and debt advice. If you don’t pay, bailiffs could be sent to your home and your credit rating could be severely affected.
Don’t use your credit up, you’ll need it for winter. This winter coming is likely to be just as bad as last winter. Continue your regular payments if you can, even if it increased your credit.
- AC units and fans can cost a lot – Cold drinks and ice packs can be a good cost effective option for cooling down. You can also open your windows at night to let the cool air in
- If you do need to use a fan, ensure you’re using it effectively. Put it on the floor so they can circulate the cooler air
- Using a clothes horse and letting your clothes dry naturally in the heat is a helpful alternative to using a dryer. This is a great way of saving energy and potentially lowering your bills. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, use a clothes washing line.
- Turn things off standby. Devices such as your television and speakers, and kitchen appliances like toasters and kettles tend to be typical culprits for “phantom power,” which is the energy used by appliances whilst in standby mode. Turn them off completely when you’re not using them. These appliances will also give off heat when they are not completely switched off. Turning them will help cool your home.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that heating water accounts for 20 per cent of your annual heating bill. To help you save, you could reduce your hot water usage by choosing lower water temperatures and opting for a short shower instead of a bath. You could also wash your clothes at a lower temperature.
Free energy advice
We offer residents free one-to-one advice, with Green Doctor, on steps you can take in your home to help save money on your bills, including finding the right energy provider.
Saving energy out and about
You can save up to 48.25 per cent on the price of an electric bike with the Bike2Work Scheme.
More handy info
What's on this week?
Sustainability podcast – Friday, 21 April
We’ll be releasing our Sustainability Podcast with lots of handy information about energy prices, and advice about how to save money. We also talk about Sustainability at Southern Housing and the wider projects to improve homes for our residents.
Earth Day – Saturday, 22 April
- The History of Earth Day - Earth Day
- 17 Fun Earth Day Activities and Ideas for Kids and Adults (today.com)
- 13 things you can do on Earth Day (or everyday) to help the planet | BBC Science Focus Magazine