Warning to consumers as October 1 energy pay rise comes into place

Starting today, consumers will face rising energy bills as the energy price cap is raised.

Starting today, energy companies will be able to charge £ 1,277 a year at standard rates – £ 139 a year more than before.

The upper energy limit set by Ofgem regulates how much energy providers can charge for energy per year.

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Those with prepayment meters with average energy consumption will also see an annual increase from £ 153 from £ 1,156 to £ 1,309.

The next review of the energy cap is set to take place in April 2022 and is expected to increase again.

The new price cap for October 1st is based on the average wholesale prices for the six months to the end of July.

The wholesale price of gas has skyrocketed in recent months and the country is already a third of the next valuation period behind it, which will set the upper limit from April 2022, which is why analysts at Cornwall Insight are forecasting a jump of 14 percent.

However, there are ways you can save money to prevent energy bills from exploding, according to energyhelpline.com.

Here are eight tips and myths consumers should know before trying to save money:

Should I put reflective panels behind my radiator?

Reflective panels can save energy by reflecting heat back into the room, but this only really works on exterior walls as they prevent heat from escaping outside. If you live in a semi-detached or terraced house, you will hardly see any improvement if you put reflective panels behind radiators on interior walls or walls that you share with the neighboring house.

If you choose to install reflective panels, it is important to use a purpose-built product that you can buy from a hardware store. Putting materials such as plastic on a radiator can be dangerous as they can melt and burn.

Will installing a smart meter save energy or reduce costs?

In itself, it saves neither energy nor costs. However, by installing a smart meter you can see how much energy you are using and how you can reduce your consumption by changing your daily behavior.

Should I turn off the hot water when I am not using it?

There is really no savings in turning your hot water on and off. It is better to make sure that your boiler tank has a good insulating jacket so that the water does not have to be reheated.

For those on an Economy 7 tariff where energy is cheaper at night, you can make some savings by setting your water heater to turn on at night for use during the day.

Is it cheaper to wash my clothes at night?

Again, it depends on the type of your tariff. If you have an Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariff, it’s cheaper because you pay less for your energy at night. But for most of us, running the washing machine at night makes no difference to cost or energy consumption.

Do I save energy by laying carpets in every room?

Yes sir. Carpets are a very effective way to insulate your home, and the better your home is insulated, the less heat will escape and the less energy it will take to keep your home warm.

While laying carpets in any room would help keep your home warmer, it’s probably best to stick to carpeted floors that you spend a lot of time in. Most likely, the bedroom or living room are best as no one wants to clean off food from a kitchen carpet after dinner has been cooked.

Should I keep the heat on low all day instead of high for a short time?

This is a common myth as it takes a lot of energy to keep your radiators warm all day. It is best to only heat your home when you are there to feel the benefits. Many have the option of programming the central heating to turn on and off at specific times. Try setting the heater to turn on half an hour before you wake up so you don’t have to worry about taking off your sheets.

Can a sponge in the mailbox or cling film around the window help?

While a little extreme, these can actually help conserve energy by conserving heat and preventing it from escaping outside. The cling film acts as a protective layer and the sponge blocks gaps that allow heat to escape through the door.

Protecting your home against drafts is a very easy way to minimize energy use, as a warmer home will reduce the chances of you reaching for the thermostat and this can be accomplished without reaching for items that are more suitable for the kitchen are.

Should I paint my radiators black?

There is no evidence that the color of your radiator affects heating performance. To get the most out of your radiators, avoid placing large furniture such as a bed or sofa right in front of it, as these will likely absorb the heat and you will find that your home will take longer to heat.

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