New research from GoCompare Energy has found that 83 per cent of energy customers have seen their fuel bills increase since Ofgem’s price cap came into force on April 1.
The research, which also asked more than 2,100 people what they are doing differently to try and cut costs, discovered that over two-thirds (64%) of those surveyed have started turning off the lights when they leave a room, making it this the top measure people are taking to save money and reduce energy usage around the home.
Other tactics to tackle the energy and cost of living crisis included going to bed earlier, using the tumble dryer less and doing laundry at night – just 10 per cent of respondents said they weren’t implementing any energy-saving measures.
Top 10 ways to reduce energy bills
GoCompare Energy shared the top 10 ways people are trying to save on their energy bills, these are ranked by popularity below.
- Turning off lights when they leave the room – 64%
- Turning off appliances when they’re not being used or in standby mode – 54%
- Not filling the kettle to the top – 45%
- Washing clothes on a lower heat setting – 39%
- Taking shorter showers – 36%
- Changing light bulbs to LED bulbs – 28%
- No longer using the tumble dryer – 24%
- Making the house more energy efficient – 19%
- Going to bed earlier – 18%
- Using the slow cooker instead of the oven – 17%
Other ways people are looking to save on their energy bills included doing the laundry at night (16%) visiting friends and family more (8%) and spending more time in the office (5%).
Commenting on the findings, Gareth Kloet, of GoCompare Energy, said: “With 83% of people feeling the impact of rising energy costs, it’s no wonder that lifestyle habits around the home will have been impacted. Some of these measures will undoubtedly help to keep increased costs to a minimum but there are obviously limits to the changes that people can make.
“With the warmer weather hopefully on its way, we are now approaching the time of year when people traditionally use less energy, and some people may be feeling like there’s a bit of breathing space before the colder weather sets in again. But it’s important to remember that these habits can only be a good thing longer term, not just when it comes to saving on your bills, but also on the environment.”
He continued: “If the market does return to some sort of normality and we start to see energy costs decrease, we would absolutely recommend that people continue with some of these changes longer term.
“Being aware of the way that energy is consumed in the house can only be a good thing and will be important to maintain even after things have improved in the market.”
For some other tips on how to save energy, GoCompare has created an online guide which you can view here.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.