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Home Energy Savings Report 2021

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Home Energy Savings Report 2021

Getting the most out of your home can be a challenge. Every year we ask ourselves when to turn on the heating, how to save money on energy bills or how to keep the house warmer for longer

There are many answers to these questions but we've taken a look at some of the most common tricks people use to save money on their heating, as well as how smart technology is changing how we use energy around the house to learn more about the ways we power our homes.

Contents

  1. The Most Thrifty Places in The UK
  2. Top Thrifty Ways to Keep Your Home Warm
  3. The Tech ‘Smartest’ Places in The UK
  4. Smart Devices: Frequently Asked Questions

The Most Thrifty Places in The UK: warming their homes the eco-friendly way

From smart meters to draught excluders, the UK is provenly inconsistent when it comes to looking for thrifty ways to keep your home warm this winter without just whacking the heating up. 

We analysed the search data of 50 UK cities to find out the top 10 places that are taking their energy-saving measures seriously, and the bottom 10 cities that are the least concerned about finding ways to save both energy and money this winter.

The Most Thrifty Cities

York

1

Northampton

2

Bristol

3

Peterborough

4

Swansea

5

Derby

6

Aberdeen

7

Nottingham

8

Bolton

9

Leicester

10

The Least Thrifty Cities

Rotherham

41

London

42

Southampton

43

Oldham

44

Wakefield

45

Luton

46

St Helens

47

Gateshead

48

Salford

49

Cardiff

50

Top Thrifty Ways to Keep Your Home Warm & Heating Bills Low This Winter: Fact VS Fiction

With heating bills on the rise and colder nights creeping in, more and more homeowners are looking for thrifty ways to keep their homes warm this winter for cheaper. The following suggestions are some of the most popular home heating ‘hacks’ that provide economical solutions for reducing heat wastage and keeping your home toasty. We’ve also included our expert comment on whether the most popular methods of alternative home heating are fact or fiction.

1. Smart thermostat

Smart thermostats give you maximum control over the energy use in your home, allowing you to set the optimal room temperature so that your heating system doesn’t use more energy than necessary. You can set daily schedules, heating timers and even change your home’s temperature when you’re out and about, making smart thermostats the ultimate winter companion.

FACT VS FICTION: DO SMART THERMOSTATS WORK

When used savvily, smart thermostats can make you a lot more mindful of your home’s energy usage and allow you to set limits for yourself to keep your costs down and your home at a comfortable temperature. However, just because you have a smart thermostat doesn’t mean that your energy costs will reduce, although it is a smart addition to your home it needs to be utilised correctly to have cost-saving benefits.

2. Draught excluder

The most simple and cost-effective way to stop heat escaping from your home is a draught excluder. They come in all shapes and sizes and are designed to stop the draft from sneaking in through the gaps beneath your doors or windows. They’re low-cost and easy to get hold of which is why they’re a winter essential for so many thrifty households.

FACT VS FICTION: DO DRAUGHT EXCLUDERS WORK

Draught excluders aren’t miracle workers and are limited to where they can be placed because of their bulky size and their tendency to become damp. However, if you have an internal door to a cold garage or utility room then a draught excluder can be very effective at stopping any cold air from leaking in or out and requires minimal effort. 

3. Loft insulation

Without insulation, your loft is a prime suspect for wasting heat. Heat rises so when your heating is on a lot of that valuable heat can rise up and escape through your roof. But, with insulation, you can stop this heat escaping which will keep your home a lot warmer in the winter months as well as saving you money on your heating bill.

FACT VS FICTION: DO DRAUGHT EXCLUDERS WORK

The EPA estimates that the average homeowner can save 15% on their heating by adding loft insulation. The expensive initial installation cost makes it a longer-term investment and not suitable for every thrifty household, but you can save up to £180 a year on your heating bill so it is an investment that pays for itself. 

4. Pipe insulation

Designed to maximise the efficiency of your central heating system, pipe insulation is designed to stop any excess heat from escaping as your hot water travels through the pipes in your home.

FACT VS FICTION: DOES PIPE INSULATION WORK

Pipe insulation is estimated to increase the temperature of your water by  2°F–4°F compared to pipes without insulation, allowing you to lower your water temperature setting, subsequently reducing your heating bill. It isn’t a huge difference in temperature so depending on how difficult it is to access your pipes you might not find it worth the effort but there is some gain to it.

5. Winter duvet

The thriftiest fix to keeping warm in winter is a simple duvet swap to a higher density design when the weather gets cold. 10.5 – 13.5 tog duvets are ideal for winter and your body heat alone will keep you toasty throughout the night without the need for costly overnight heating. 

FACT VS FICTION: DO WINTER DUVETS WORK

A high-tog duvet is a winter essential, they’re an easy low-cost switch to make to keep you warm. Central heating being left on unnecessarily overnight is a huge source of energy wastage while you are asleep and a simple thick duvet is a perfect fix.

6. Insulated curtains

They look exactly the same as regular curtains, but insulated curtains are designed to keep the heat in your home as well as acting as a damp and moisture barrier against condensation. Rather than escaping out of your windows, the curtains deflect heat back into your home for maximum efficiency.

FACT VS FICTION: DO INSULATED CURTAINS WORK

The main drawback of insulated curtains is that they need to be closed to work. But, in winter when the nights are darker you don’t lose any light by closing your curtains earlier. An insulated pair of curtains can keep the heat from escaping with only the single one-off cost of buying and you’ll save money on heat that would otherwise escape.

7. Radiator foil

Radiator foil is reflective panelling that is placed behind your existing radiators to reflect heat back into your home rather than it being wastefully directed into your walls.

FACT VS FICTION: DOES RADIATOR FOIL WORK

If you already have cavity wall insulation which most homes do then radiator foil is not a worthwhile investment. The point of installing the foil is so that heat doesn’t escape through your walls so if you already have wall insulation then there’s no point in buying foil panels.

8. Self-adhesive draught excluder

Providing the same heat-retaining purpose as the more common fabric draught excluders previously mentioned, self-adhesive draught excluders come in the form of fluffy tape that can be stuck over any gaps around windows and door frames. It is a very versatile insulating material and great for tricky to reach places and gaps above floor level.

FACT VS FICTION: DO SELF-ADHESIVE DRAUGHT EXCLUDERS WORK

For drafty windows and niggly gaps around door frames, self-adhesive draught excluders are a low-cost, easy fix for stopping cold draft from leaking into your home or heat escaping out. Whilst they aren’t an attractive or long-term solution, they are a great buy for a temporary fix.

 

The Tech ‘Smartest’ Places in The UK: the households with the most smart home devices

Smart meters are now reportedly installed in 47% of households in the UK, revolutionising the way we use and monitor our energy consumption at home. Households are now incorporating smart lights, smart thermostats and smart plugs into their daily lives as we see a new generation of energy consumers using technology to be more mindful.

But when it comes to adapting to this futuristic approach to energy consumption, some places in the UK are more advanced than others. We analysed Google search data to see which towns and cities are searching for smart devices the most, and which places are falling behind the times.

Device Searches Per Capita

City

smart meters

smart lights

smart doorbells

smart speakers

smart switches & plugs

smart thermostat

1

Durham

155.71

118.11

556.47

204.68

172.67

231.79

2

Preston

108.01

41.33

345.06

106.44

95.34

172.79

3

Norwich

65.97

74.82

375.44

108.57

44.15

145.63

4

Lincoln

89.69

42.20

278.13

114.57

86.62

63.27

5

Chester

42.18

31.54

246.27

57.64

86.67

128.64

6

Reading

120.34

34.16

235.17

68.72

110.38

50.05

7

Bristol

41.38

87.31

216.01

51.38

77.37

87.31

8

Salisbury

233.18

15.40

241.90

51.92

81.20

204.23

9

Worcester

49.82

27.62

263.21

56.80

40.01

197.47

10

Newry

218.62

41.78

214.05

93.67

105.30

41.48

Smart Devices: Frequently Asked Questions

How can a smart home save energy?

There are several ways smart devices in your home can help you save on energy. For example, smart switches, lights and power strips enable you to remotely switch off your electrics, meaning nothing is ever left on longer than it needs to be. These devices can also be set to timers to help manage ‘energy vampires’ - devices that drain energy even when not in use.

Smart meters also help you closely monitor your energy expenditure so you can find ways to reduce how much you’re using and keep your bill lower.

On the other hand, smart speakers and web-enabled doorbells actually add to your energy usage as they are always on. This won’t be a significant amount but may be something to consider before buying them if your goal is to reduce your energy output.

Are smart home devices safe?

As with all internet-connected technology, many smart devices are vulnerable to being hacked. While it may not seem like an issue for a hacker to have access to your light switches or smart meter, this could highlight a more sinister vulnerability in your home wifi which could lead to hackers accessing your personal data.

However, the likelihood of this happening is low and can be made lower by securing your home connection and taking additional steps like two-factor authentication in order to access the devices.

Are smart home devices worth it?

For some devices like a smart meter or thermostat, their worth can more easily be measured in how they save you money or improve your efficiency. However, for the most part, deciding if a smart home is worth it is a matter of personal preference. Long term, some studies are finding that smart devices could boost the value of your home.

Are there any disadvantages to smart meters?

Some of the key disadvantages of smart devices are that they aren’t available to all households and may require you to switch energy tariffs in order to access them. They also don’t automatically bring savings and require you to actually pay attention to your energy use which you could also do without having to install a smart meter.

Are smart meters accurate?

Smart meters are not always perfect and there have been some reports of meters over-reporting the amount of energy a household uses. This can be challenging as there is a potential to be overcharged by your energy company and it’s more difficult to alter your consumption without the most accurate data.

However, this shouldn’t deter you from making the switch as this is a rare occurrence and doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be overcharged. Energy companies also keep track of the amount you consume and use the smart meter readings to double check their results, so they’ll know if there’s a discrepancy or not.

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