How to cut your energy bills

PUBLISHED: 02:01 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 15 June 2010

Until retiring (20 years ago). I worked as an independent energy adviser, helping firms identify and eliminate avoidable waste in their consumption of fuels, power and water. I no longer do this, but, since the approach to improved energy efficiency and r

Until retiring (20 years ago). I worked as an independent energy adviser, helping firms identify and eliminate avoidable waste in their consumption of fuels, power and water.I no longer do this, but, since the approach to improved energy efficiency and reducing costs is essentially the same for domestic as for commercial operations, I am glad to pass on to your readers the basic steps which I have found to be effective in identifying avoidable waste and cost.My own household bills for gas, electricity and water have all been reduced in this way. From the official warnings we are now getting of unprecedented price rises, I expect many of us are going to be glad of any prospect of relief from the escalating charges.My recommended steps are:Step 1 - Measure your consumptionStep 2 - Ask yourself how this compares with what you might reasonably expect.Step 1 is easily done in a few minutes each week, using the meters on which your bills are based.Step 2 is a bit less precise, involving your knowledge of changes in the domestic routine, weather patterns etc. In a few weeks you should find you are forming a useful idea of reasonable standards of consumption. Very probably you will spot ways of reducing costs.Try them and see if they work to your advantage.David YuillCedar Croft Beggars Lane Honiton

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