How to Save Money on Energy Supplies During the Summer Months
Believe it or not, the UK is getting hotter! Weeks of strong sunshine in the UK a surge in photovoltaic (PV) panels installations. This kind of weather has resulted in the record generation of solar power. The 2016 Energy trends report shows that temperatures in the last yearly quarter were on average 0.5 degrees warmer than a year earlier, with average temperatures in both January and February being warmer than a year earlier. Renewable energy is also growing in popularity as renewables share of electricity generation increased to 25.1 per cent, compared to the 22.8 per cent share in the first quarter of 2015. Renewable electricity generation has also increased by 6.4 percent this year. In 2013 there was 450,000 solar installations. On a sunny day solar power is able to generate around 2% of UK demand over a 24-hour period. The UK as a whole is getting better at generating and saving money on energy but how can you play your part?
Control Your Household Heating
During the summer months your heating requirements will change therefore you should have the power to adjust it to your needs. Heating you home can be expensive, therefore why waste money on unnecessary energy. Heating will make up a large percentage of your energy bills almost 60% in fact! It may be time for you to upgrade from a G-rated boiler to a more cost effective heating solution. There is money to be saved on your energy bill during the summer months which could be used on towards a new home or garden project, a summer wardrobe or even a summer vacation! Save money and energy with a Smart Thermostat and improve your comfort at home too! This modern technology gives you control of your energy and allows you to turn your heating up or down while you are out of the house. This technology is great during the summer and winter months; you can switch your heating on from holiday to prevent freezing pipes if the winter weather sets in at home. Reducing room temperatures by just 1ºC can reduce your bill by £85-£90 (average home), according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Go Energy Efficient!
Its summer! Therefore, the nights are longer and lighter. Try to reduce your energy consumption by leaving the lights off until darkness appears in the late evening. You can enhance this strategy further by using energy saving bulbs. In 2012 an EU directive aimed at reducing the energy use of lighting meant that retailers were no longer allowed to sell 40W and 25W incandescent bulbs. Energy efficient bulbs have a longer lifespan. That year the UK government announced that the UK alone would have an “average annual net benefit” of £108m between 2010 and 2020 in energy savings!
Invest in Insulation Before Winter Arrives
Heating suppliers try to promote insulation during the winter months however insulation is effective all year round. Having an insulated home in the summer means that it will enclose the heat outdoors and while keeping the precious cooler air indoors. Insulating your home is a long-term investment that will pay off no matter what the weather. One of the biggest benefits of cavity installation is that you could save up to £150 per year on energy bills. Cavity insulation is a great way to store energy as it stops heat escaping! Heat escapes through the walls and will decrease the amount of energy you need to keep your home heated. Selected the right installer is the first step. At DMS Installers Ltd and DMS Installations Ltd we can install a number of products which will suit your homes build. Trust a business with years of experience as your home is most definitely your most valuable possession. At DMS we offer our customers a unique, 25 year CIGA warranty. Customer care is at the top of priority list and we make sure our customers are protected. We have protected our advice with £250,000 worth of Professional Indemnity Insurance. This is on top of our £10 million of products cover. In the unlikely event we do make a mistake, you can rest assured you are fully looked no matter what happens!
Solar power is an effective, eco-friendly way of sourcing energy and its popularity in the UK has sprouted in recent years. It was warned that Britain would have too much electricity this summer due to the growth in wind and solar farms! There has been a surge in solar panel installation in recent years due to the support for user by the government. Solar panels feed the power they produce directly into homes or the local electricity grid. It has been reported by The Telegraph that it has reduced demand on the national system to what is expected to be a record low this year. Solar power works by capturing the sun’s energy. The suns energy has photovoltaic cells which can harvest power. It is not wholly accurate that Solar panels need direct sunlight to work. During the colder months and duller days solar panels can generate some electricity. Electricity gained from solar power can be used to run household appliances and even lighting. The government in the UK are promoting household renewable energy through the Feed-in Tariff. If your home is generating its own electricity you could save money on your energy bills. The government pay for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity that is generated through the Feed-in Tariff (FiT). Rates for your energy per kWh vary. The amount you will get depends on your system, what technology you have installed, and when the system was installed. In central Scotland, a 4kWp system could, on average, pay out £400 a year! The Feed-in Tariff can help you save £65 on most energy bills every year.
Free Cash and Free Energy Help!
Worried about making changes to your energy supply, you could be receiving money off your electricity bill! The government have implemented funding to support solar panel installation and grants for buying a new boiler! Before jumping ahead, The Energy Saving Trust also has a free home energy check tool on its website. This tool can direct your choice in energy-efficiency improvements and may estimate how much you might save. On average some households could save £250