Wintry weather, coupled with rising energy prices, has heightened fears among elderly people that they won’t be able to afford an increase in bills, with new research revealing that 48 per cent of OAPs are worried in this regard.
The Comparethemarket.com study found that 12 per cent don’t think they’re in a position to afford an increase in bills, with seven per cent going so far as to say they might have to downsize their property to reduce costs.
The government recently introduced an energy price cap that was intended to reduce the bills of those households on standard variable tariffs, but the research suggests that this has in fact done little to help those who are most vulnerable.
Head of energy at the price comparison site Peter Earl had this to say on the matter: “The price cap was meant to reduce energy bills, yet we continue to see costs rise at alarming rates. In the past month alone, all of the Big Six have raised their prices to just below the new cap level coming into force from April 1st.
“With so many elderly people on a standard variable rate tariff, they have the most to lose from these large cost increases. The most effective way to save money on your energy bills is to regularly shop around and switch tariff or supplier to make sure you’re always on a good deal.”
While it might seem like an expensive outlay at first, retrofitting your home to make it more energy efficient could be the answer to hikes in energy prices.
Investing in new double glazing for your Cheshire home could prove useful, with benefits including reduced heat loss through windows, fewer draughts and cold spots, better insulation against external noise and reduced condensation build-up on the inside of your windows.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save yourself between £110 and £115 a year if you fit double glazing to your windows in a detached house. A semi-detached could save £105 a year, a mid-terrace between £100 and £105, a detached bungalow between £95 and £100, and a mid-floor flat £95.
Window manufacturers display the energy efficiency of their product range using a rating scale from A++ to E. Windows with an energy rating will have the u-value of the window on its energy label. This is a measure of how easily heat passes through a material and those that let out more heat will have higher u-values.
Remember that if you live in a listed building or in a conservation area, you may find there are restrictions on what can be done to your windows.
If you’d like any further help or advice, get in touch with us here at Malbern Windows and Doors today.