Big Energy Saving Week With St Arthur Homes
Big Energy Saving Week is an annual campaign organised by Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust aimed at raising awareness about energy efficiency and reducing energy bills. From debunking common energy myths to revealing how new-build homes save you money and understanding the energy price cap, we’ve got you covered in this energy-focused endeavour.
What Is the Energy Price Cap and Why Is It Increasing?
The Energy price cap can sometimes be a mystery for many homeowners. In essence, it’s a limit on the price a supplier can charge you per kWh of gas and electricity. The cap is reviewed and adjusted four times a year by Ofgem, the energy regulator, to mirror wholesale energy costs. It is designed to ensure fair energy prices for all.
From 1st January, the energy price cap is set to increase to £1,928 (previously set at £1834). Note: The amount you pay will depend on actual household usage and where you live as well as meter and payment type. It is always worth looking at the deals currently offered by your energy supplier, with many reintroducing fixed deals.
Myths About Energy Saving Around the House
Is it cheaper to leave the heating on low all day or only turn it on when I need it?
A: This is hotly debated and is dependent on the type of heating system, your usage pattern, and what type of home and insulation you have. However, the Energy Saving Trust advises that leaving the heating on all day leads to greater heat loss and means higher costs. Therefore, the answer from the EST is to only use your heating when its needed.
Is it cheaper to cook with an oven, microwave, or air fryer?
A: Cooking appliances vary in energy efficiency. According to the Energy Saving Trust, an air fryer is a cost-effective choice for one to two people, costing around 16p to cook a 600g chicken breast, while an electric oven costs 22p. Microwaves, heating food directly, are ideal for reheating and quick cooking, like a 400g lasagne costing about 4p. Electric ovens, though pricier to run for individual portions, are economical for batch cooking.
New-Build Homes: An Energy-Efficient Advantage
New build homes are designed with superior insulation from the ground up, reducing heat loss significantly compared to traditional builds.
It’s not just the build that’s energy-efficient, new homes also come equipped with efficient LED lighting, new appliances and fully programmable heating systems with smart meters to help you keep on top of your bills.
Big Energy Savings At Home
Saving energy doesn’t have to be a tedious task. Small, everyday adjustments, adopting energy-saving habits, and using energy-efficient appliances can add up to big savings.
Each one of our homes is designed with energy efficiency at the forefront, helping you save money while also reducing your carbon footprint.
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