Ofgem chief Jonathan Brearley has announced that the energy price cap will rise from £1,971 to £2,800 in October this year, amid a cost of living crisis and market volatility. gas market. The upward trend in gas prices is expected to continue until 2024. According to experts from central boilerthere are small changes families can make now to prepare for rising energy bills in October, like installing a smart meter, switching to LED bulbs, draftproofing their homes, and more Again.
According to Boiler Central, the five most common household items that can skyrocket energy bills are boilers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ovens and washing machines.
But households can make easy tweaks to these devices that can save them over £1,000 a year.
Interestingly, kettles don’t consume much energy and cost the average household just £3.15 a month.
Meanwhile, a boiler costs 1 pence every five minutes, which equates to around £82 a month.
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Since fridges need to be plugged in all the time, the best way to keep their costs down is to invest in a higher-rated model.
Dishwashers are also plugged in most of the time, costing the average household £10.30 a month.
Although dishwashers are the third most expensive item to run in a household, they do save water and time.
However, energy consumption is probably three times higher in households with several children, where several loads of dishes are washed each day.
On average, washing machines use more than twice as much energy as kettles, costing a household £6.86 a month.
Using lower temperatures is an easy way to reduce these costs – 30 degrees is hot enough to kill most bacteria.
Myles Robinson of Boiler Central said: “If you want to lower your annual energy bills, the first place you need to focus on is heating your home.
“Start with energy efficiency – reduce your energy consumption and change your habits with a smart meter.
“Then consider switching to renewables and replacing your boiler.
“Home appliances also use energy, but it takes a lot more energy to heat the whole house. This is why it is so important to choose an A-rated green boiler to reduce energy consumption. »
Additionally, installing a smart meter could cut a household’s energy bills by £75 a year, and switching to LED bulbs can cut a family’s total energy use by 75%.
Blocking out drafts by installing thicker curtains, sealing cracks and blocking off unused chimneys is another way to cut bills, which is an easy £35 cut on energy consumption.
Finally, investing in double-glazed windows can reduce a family’s bills by up to £110 a year.