It’s all looking a bit grim isn’t it?
Wisely or unwisely I’ve never gone for any fixed rate tariffs, and preferred to ‘pay for what I’ve used seasonally’ on a quarterly basis rather than paying for fuel via DD before I’d actually used it (as I used to). Perhaps my lower spring/summer payments reduce energy companies ability to buy ‘futures’, but I suspect I’m in the minority. Would be interesting to know the %age having to use pre-payment meters vs DD vs PAYG.
We primarily use electricity not gas currently, but there will be a big knock on heating wise.
Costs are key nudges to altering behaviour after a certain point.
Will I turn off the hi-fi kit daily or even put some extension leads on a timer plug? I wonder how much that might save? Some time since I measured consumption on a per device basis, and even then it didn’t really affect what I did when energy costs were much lower.
What might you do?
1 - Turn off hi-fi when not in use?
2 - Reduce use of white goods? Apart from the tumble dryer probably not - few practical alternatives to the washing machine, fridge/freezer, dishwasher (?). I do have 2 freezers and 2 fridges however so could cut back to 1 of each in use.
3 - Lighting has been LED for many years, only marginal improvements available with newer bulbs, especially with many dimming automatically overnight.
4 - Doubt we’ll cook less or drink less tea/coffee.
5 - Computers - stopped using my Mac Pro tower several years ago - a beast at the time but so was the electricity usage, probably not far off a kWh left on 24/7 as a media server, video compressor etc. Old Mac Mini now on 24/7, for Roon, iTunes, Audirvana and general browsing/computing. Still pretty power hungry compared to an M1 Mini which I plan to buy.
6 - Portable device charging - probably not hugely significant.
7 - Items on standby - again probably not hugely significant though technically a waste.
8 - Heating - clearly a big energy cost especially electric heating - rely on thermostat (reduce) or room ‘comfort feel’? Use fewer rooms? Tricky as most are in use. Wear more jumpers/thicker clothes etc - hardly impossible or impractical and definitely what we’d have done decades ago. ‘Central heating’ is comparatively new in UK houses in the grand scheme of things.
1 - Insulation - certainly room for improvement especially in the loft (despite a discussion last year here). Elsewhere far fewer options and a balance between ‘natural drafts’ in an early 20th century property and need for the building ‘to breathe’.
2 - Solar power - could really become attractive if panel prices don’t skyrocket.
3 - Go back to the office so I’m not paying to heat my domestic ‘workplace’ or use the supplied multi-monitor home working solution. Then I spend money on fuel.
There must be many others.
It really is looking quite unpleasant in coming months/years, but I know I’m amongst those fortunate enough (now) who can at least currently change other expenditure when energy costs dictate.
I know there are many less fortunate who will have to make very difficult decisions.
Please, please avoid political comments. Thanks.