Cost-of-living crisis: Why making the switch to energy saving methods today is more important than ever…

by | May 16, 2022

The cost-of-living crisis that has recently hit the UK is making many people feel as if they’ve suddenly lost control of their finances.

Gas and Electric bills have soared, meaning people are having to budget their outgoings more efficiently than ever. With this, comes the responsibility of making the move over to more eco-friendly methods of saving electricity. Energy conservation through energy efficiency in the home should be a priority to all homes across the UK, as this will not only reduce your monthly bills, but it in turn tackles the reoccurring problem of climate change.

Homes that use energy supplied from fossil fuels are responsible for significant emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). In the UK, emissions from households’ fossil fuel and electricity use are projected to rise by 11% by 2035 compared with levels today. Therefore, improving the efficiency of services and appliances that use energy from fossil fuels in the residential sector will reduce emissions, whilst also costing less. So, the question is, why aren’t people making the switch to using carbon-neutral energy sources of energy?

The truth is, people are, just not in force. National statistics gathered data in 2020 signals that net territorial greenhouse gas emissions in the UK were estimated to be 405.5 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent, a decrease of 9.5% compared to the 2019 figure of 447.9 million tonnes and 49.7% lower than they were in 1990. This shows we are making steps in the right direction, but more can always be done.

The latest figures show almost half (46%) of the homes in England are now rated C or above for energy efficiency, compared to 14% in 2010. The Climate Change Committee has said that the UK is currently on track to meet its target of a 37% reduction in emissions compared to 1990 by 2022, but it is not on track to meet its targets outlined by the fourth and fifth carbon budgets—a 51% reduction compared to 1990 levels by 2025 and a 57% reduction compared to 1990 levels by 2030.

Here at MeKo, we are proud to offer a wide variety of energy saving methods to help contribute towards the aim of the UK becoming net zero by 2050. Alongside our electric car chargers we provide, our other services include the installation of:

LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting

Easily the most significant advantage of LEDs when compared to traditional lighting solutions is the long lifespan. The average LED lasts 100,000 operating hours or more. That is 2-4 times as long as most fluorescent, metal halide, and even sodium vapor lights. These alternatives are both reliable and give off illumination as good as any other bulb, so why not make the switch?

Efficiency in heating control and energy usage by installing innovative thermostats

Having total control of your thermostat is something that is vitally important for reducing housing costs and lowering the amount of carbo dioxide emitted. This allows you to heat certain rooms in the home from the use of your smartphone wherever you may be in the home. This also gives you a clear indication of when your heating may be turned on when it is not supposed to be.

Energy efficient electrical space heating systems

Electric radiators and infrared panels are the most efficient form of electric heating because both use radiant heat to maintain room temperatures. The number of energy-saving measures an electric heating system has to offer will definitely impact how efficient they are to run. These heating systems offer up to 50% of their warmth as infrared heat. You can still enjoy the quick results of convection if you need fast warmth, but you also get a much slower cool down time which helps to keep running costs low.

If you want to check out our range of energy-saving methods, visit the link below!