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15/05/2020

Lockdown Energy Bills Up by 30% - Here’s How to Fix It

After several weeks, we’re all slowly beginning to adjust to life under lockdown. Family gatherings have been replaced by Skype or Zoom calls. Dinner at a restaurant has given way for a takeaway. And time at the gym has been swapped for outdoor exercise.

However, one thing many people are struggling to adjust to is a sudden increase in their energy bills. In this post, we’ll explore why energy bills are rising and how you can get them back down.

Why are bills on the up?

The UK has officially been in lockdown since 24th March, with non-essential businesses advised to close or have employees working from home, plus all schools closed across the country. First and foremost, that means a lot more people are at home during the day, whether they’re off work completely or working from home.

On top of that, the government’s advice to avoid non-essential trips out means that everyone is staying home during their free time. Weekends and evenings that might have been spent at a pub, park or cinema are now all spent within your own four walls.

Naturally, this has led to a rise in energy use, which is the reason bills have shot up. Despite a few warm days in April, there were still plenty of mornings and evenings where the heating was needed. Add to that all the extra TV, games consoles and even cooking appliances and it’s no surprise that bills are rising by around 30%, according to Energy Helpline.

How to keep them down

While normality will slowly be phased back in, we could be spending more time at home for several months. With that in mind, most people will be looking at ways they can get those bills back down – especially if you’re having to deal with a drop in income at the same time.

Fortunately, there are several ways to make your home more energy efficient:

  • Invest in energy efficient appliances
  • Add insulation to your walls and loft
  • Draught-proof your doors and windows
  • Use less energy by turning the heating down or turning off unused appliances

A real solution

The only issue with the tips above is that many homes already have energy efficient appliances, insulation and draught-proofing, and it’s not so easy to turn off appliances or turn down the heating when you’re stuck at home. On top of that, none of them will really make a huge impact on their own.

That’s where renewable energy comes in. If you really want to make an impact on your energy bills, why not generate energy for yourself? Renewable technologies like solar panels and air source heat pumps are now more affordable than ever, but that’s not all.

In 2014, the Government launched a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which pays you for the energy you generate. Once your renewable tech is installed, you will receive a payment every three months for the next seven years, which typically amounts to around £1,400 a year.

Find out more about RHI and renewable energy

If you’ve been hit by higher energy bills during lockdown, it’s time to take action. With state-of-the-art renewable energy technology and expert installation, NBEC can help you reduce your energy bills through lockdown and beyond.

To find out more about the RHI scheme or our products, give us a call on 0800 292 2343 or email [email protected]

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