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  1. Shared on: 20/08/2013 10:39 AMPosted by: moneypenny
    First Utility collates real-time energy data to calculate the sunshine saving figure

    London (PRWEB UK) 2 August 2013

    This July’s baking weather has led to a 10% decrease in electricity usage compared to the same month last year, according to independent energy company First Utility, which measured data across its savvy smart meter customers.

    As the first company to offer smart meters to help put an end to estimated billing, First Utility was able to collate real-time energy data to calculate the sunshine saving figure.

    The figures show that customers’ energy usage is approximately 10% less than this time last year – despite the record numbers of fans being bought across the country . It demonstrates that, despite the temptation to fit a fan in every room, savvy Brits are shunning the indoors and heading outside to make the most of the sunshine.

    First Utility speculates that much of the reduction is as a result of less time being spent inside watching the TV or using other appliances, making fewer hot meals and drinks and taking cooler showers.
    Ed Kamm, CMO of First Utility, said:

    “This is welcome relief for consumers. In temperatures like this, there is always the danger that energy usage increases. To keep cool and comfortable, it can be quite tempting to use plug-in fans in several rooms – often leaving them on all night in bedrooms – and take a higher number of showers than usual; all of which use more energy. However, it looks like Britons are enjoying the balmy temperatures by getting out of the house to hit the beach or the park, which has bought energy consumption down.”

    TOP FIVE SUMMER ENERGY SAVING TIPS

    1. Fill up your fridge!
    Having lots of food in your fridge – such as fresh fruit and vegetables, which we tend to eat more of in the hot weather - keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open, so your fridge doesn't have to work as hard to stay cool.

    2. Give your boiler a holiday
    Your boiler is the biggest energy drain in your home. When you go on holiday, turn it off to avoid paying for heat you're not using. It could save you up to £25 a year – money which is surely better spent on a couple of beachside cocktails.

    3. Switch to a summer shower to save £65 a year
    The average household uses most of its hot water for bathing. By switching from a bath to a shower, you can reduce your water heating costs by nearly one-third.

    4. Proper insulation could save you up to £145
    Proper insulation doesn’t just keep your home warm in winter; it also keeps it cool in the summer. Adding proper insulation could save you up to £145 a year – a home improvement which will have paid for itself in savings in just two years.

    5. Be smart with your energy
    On certain tariffs First Utility provides complimentary Smart Meters. These enable you to get more accurate energy readings and also work out where you are using the most energy, so you can minimise your usage to make significant summer savings.

    For more information on energy saving tips, visit the new First Utility website.
     

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