How much energy are you actually using in the home?
Posted 15 April 2016
Energy bills arriving on the doormat are an unavoidable part of life no matter where you live. Whether your home is part of a countryside hamlet or in the heart of a sprawling metropolis, our lives are all dependent on power from once source or another. Our homes are typically so jammed full of various electrical equipment that it can be hard to keep track of what is using the most power and pushing your bills up each month.
Of course the average sum that a household spends on their energy can vary dramatically depending on the size of the property, the number of residents and they style of living.
As you would expect, flats and small houses use the less gas and electricity per hour on average in the UK. The average annual gas usage totals 8,000kWh, while electricity usage stands at 2,000kWh. Medium sized houses typically hover around 12,500kWh of gas per annum and 3,100kWh of electricity. Those lucky enough to own a large 4+ bedroom home may use as much as 18,000kWh of gas and 4,600kWh of electricity in the space of a year.
So how does that translate into money from your pocket? Well, according to figures released by the comparison site UKPower.co.uk, a small house or flat will be billed £61 per month, £183 per quarter or £734 annually. The increase in bills for a medium size house is incremental (£89 per month, £266 per quarter or £1,066 per annum), but a large house's bills are double the size, coming in at £125 per month, £374 per quarter and an annual fee of £1,494.
We live in an increasingly digital, electrical and connected world, with tablets, laptops and phones needing charging and connecting to the Internet on a permanent basis. Surprisingly, however, it is not these tech devices that come with the heftiest energy price tags. Most of the power used in the home is actually spent on ‘white goods’ such as fridge freezers, hobs and tumble dryers. Strangely, some of the most economical and cheapest items to run are also white goods, with microwaves, gas ovens and high-end washing machines costing as little as £12 per year.
To be sure to get the most energy-efficiency you should be mindful of the A to G efficiency rating that all appliances are graded with. An A rating is given to the most efficient devices, whilst the least efficient are given a G rating. The grade awarded is based on how many units of energy they use hourly, and should be displayed prominently at purchase. Fridge freezers are the exception to the grading system, as they have three extra ratings; A+, A++ and A+++
If you want to help minimise bills, but already have the highest rated appliances, then it could be worth investigating the possibility of supplementing your energy with solar panels – as can be found in Trivselhus by Esh homes. Photovoltaic panels can produce 300-400kWh per year, saving hundreds of pounds off energy bills. Indeed, any electricity that is produced by the solar panels but not used in your home can be sold back to the National Grid at a profit thanks to the government's feed-in tariff.
If you want to find out more about the energy efficient features in a Trivselhus by Esh home, why not contact us on 07816 642796.