Solution to energy bills 'could be microgeneration'
- Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:22
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The solution to rising energy bills, particularly expensive gas costs, could be investing in microgeneration, it has been suggested
Writing for the Independent, Gary Jones noted that generating funds through the government's feed-in tariff, which will provide enough electricity to supply household needs and sell surplus to the grid, can be used to offset gas bills.
This could also become a popular option when the Renewable Heat Incentive is introduced later this year, which will pay grants towards installing solar thermal panels, heat pumps and biomass boilers.
However, Mr Jones also suggested that loft and cavity wall insulation, as well as replacing an inefficient boiler with an A-rated high efficiency condensing boiler, can help to reduce gas consumption as well.
Other savings can also be made by switching utility providers.
Tom McLennan, head of switching at Which?, told the news provider: "The most economical solution to switching is a dual fuel tariff tie-up between energy sources."
Indeed, according to the Energy Saving Trust, taking regular meter readings, switching to Direct Debit and paperless billing, could also reduce the cost of energy bills.