Alan Matthews from EPHS spoke to Insurance Chat on 21 December, 2016. He discussed top tips on how to avoid unnecessarily high electricity bills.
“Electricity costs are still on the rise, and Energy Partners’ research indicates that there will be above inflation increases in tariffs for at least the next three years.
With that in mind, homeowners should start to adopt an energy saving mind-set at every available opportunity,” he says. The first step, should be to switch off the geyser for the duration of the time spent away from home.
Homeowners should ensure that all ‘phantom energy users’ are unplugged. “TVs, DVD players, computers, printers, radios and various other electronics use energy even when not turned on.”
There is also an opportunity to save energy outside the home by setting the pool pump to run for a shorter period each day.
Homeowners should also use this time to consider options that will save energy and reduce electricity costs throughout the year. If you have not done so already, something to consider for 2017 is the installation of heat pumps. Used in conjunction with a solar heating solution, this has the potential to drastically reduce total electricity spend.
The initial cost of such a system could be justified over time. Our integrated home energy systems is a full solution, designed to reduce a home’s monthly electricity spend by around 70%. With a carefully planned and designed solution, the cost of the system’s installation could easily be recovered in five years.
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