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by Helen Cripps

Energy saving even has its week! And it starts today. So here’s 5 energy-saving tips to get you started…

Get solar panels finance free! And yes they will work in the not so sunny UK. You can save 22% (around £130) on your electricity bills. Solar solutions are tailored to the individual, so it’s worth looking into what might work for you.

Get plenty of  insulation in your home.  You’ve paid for that heat, so keep it in! Insulation comes in all forms, loft, floor, cavity wall, doors, windows, you name it.

Get a smart-meter.  This will ensure your reading is accurate and pass that information directly to the supplier. And you don’t have to faff with taking the reading yourself.

Switch to a cheaper energy supplier.  It takes no time at all to browse a table of results and check you are with the best supplier for your postcode and usage. And if you decide to switch, it only takes on average 17 minutes.

Consider a new boiler. It might seem drastic, but it could save you £168 per year, and there are a number of different payment plans. We’ve weighed up the pros and cons in our boiler guide.

After more tips and advice? Check out these 5 useful links…

Guide to draught-proofing: More ideas on how to stop heat escaping.
Ursula’s eco-renovation: Ursula tells us all about her new solar panels and other eco-renovations.
Energy-saving products: Browse a few gadgets and monitors to help you along your way.
Central heating systems: A comprehensive guide to all the different central heating systems available.
Boiler problems : Just a little checklist to help you make sure your boiler is working efficiently and not using more gas than it should be.

Instead of just stating the obvious, ‘use less’, we’ve tried to cover some of the more functional changes you can make in the form of  energy-saving solutions. Happy saving!


By Deborah Burley

Who says that the end of summer and festival season means that we shouldn’t get out into the open air and camp throughout the winter? The wind may be enough to blow your tent away, you may experience torrential downpours and maybe even snow. But as long as you’ve got the gadgets to get you through any tricky situation then you’re quite happy, right?

Or, maybe like us, you’ll opt for a  Bed and Breakfast until spring.  Whatever your trekking style, make sure you’ve got our top energy-efficient products with you…

Five must-have items for when you’re out in the wilderness

Eton Scorpion

 This is the ultimate camping tool. It has a torch, a USB charger, an audio line output (AUX), a built in flashlight, a weather band radio and even a bottle opener for those crucial beers!

POWERplus bear lantern

With a traditional look and durable build, the bear can be charged through four different power sources. It has an impressive 24 LED light which means that the light will shine for up to four hours. Plenty of time to get your camp fire songs in before lights out.

POWERplus lynx dynamo


 The solar and dynamo powered Lynx may have a stylish white finish but it is certainly not just a pretty face: the heavy-duty radio with AM and FM frequencies looks like it’s ready to take on just about any weather condition  and it’ll also charge your mobile phone.

POWERplus cobra

When you’re exploring the great outdoors you’ll probably be on the move a lot, which is why the POWERplus Cobra is so useful – you can attach it to your backpack during the day to collect optimum solar power and charge your gadgets as you go.

POWERplus seal weather station

It may be a stylish weather station for your home, but you can take this on your adventures too. It’s solar powered so there’s no need for batteries and it’s a great gadget to have when planning those weather dependant activities.

Scott Somerville, from E.ON, talks about why we spend so much of our income on gas and electricity costs:

The posts connected to the uSwitch Quality of Life Index raised an interesting perception that many people seem to hold true but is actually very far from the case.

The notion that we have some of Europe’s highest electricity and gas prices in the UK is wrong – what we do have though, and here’s the important bit, is some of the highest energy use and therefore higher bills than some countries.

This is despite the fact that some of the countries have much lower average temperatures and fewer hours of daylight than the UK but still often manage to use less energy for heating their homes.

But we can change this.

So let’s look at the facts and then take some action. These tables, based on government figures (source: DECC), show the price of electricity and gas around Europe:

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The UK’s near the cheaper end but it doesn’t feel like that when we all get our bills.

There’s a harsh reality we have to face up to. While many people use energy wisely and are very efficient, many of us aren’t. This is despite the fact that with some simple changes and a little effort we can get control of our bills and potentially cut the amount spent every month on electricity and gas. This isn’t just something that’d be nice to do – it’s essential. The reality is global energy prices are set to continue rising that’s why to cut your bills you’ve got to take some action and we can help you every step of the way.

Sounds nice in theory but what do we all need to do?

Insulate: without insulation, you can lose 25% of your heat through the roof and 33% through the walls; with it you could save up to £340 a year.

Moderate: because you can’t see energy, you can’t see it being wasted. That’s why, in the last two years alone, we’ve given out 277,000 energy monitors, and software to enable our customers to track energy usage over time.

Generate: if you’re making energy yourself, then you don’t need to buy it from someone else. That’s why we’re helping customers to take advantage of the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme which is designed to kick-start the renewable energy market. If you can afford to invest in solar panels you can actually be paid to generate energy yourself. If you can’t, no problem; rent-a-roof schemes such as E.ON’s SolarExchange can provide solar panels without the need for substantial upfront investment, leaving you to benefit from the free electricity they generate.

We’re working really hard to engage with all our customers to help them make changes to their energy use and their bills. If we can help our customers control their bills and maybe even save a few quid we’ll have more happier customers and at the end of the day that’s good news for you and good news for us.

So don’t waste any more time (or money) take five minutes and head to where we’ll help you to create a personalised energy plan to reduce your consumption and save money whether you’re an E.ON customer or not.

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E.ON has put its prices up by an average of £170 a year. But you could reduce that price rise to just £40! Here’s how solar panels can help you to make up the difference and keep your household bills down.

Free solar panels – save £130

  • Cut your electricity bills by £130* to offset the cost of the price rises. What’s the catch? There isn’t one really, just that the company who gives you the free solar panels will benefit from the Feed-in Tariff scheme – but the savings on your bills are all yours! And just think – the more energy bills rise, the more savings you’ll make.

Buy solar panels and save £130 AND earn £900!

  • If you buy your solar panels outright and cut your electricity bill by £130 AND earn up to £900 a year with the Feed-in Tariff (FiT)*. Haven’t heard of the Feed-in Tariff? It’s a government backed scheme where you get paid for the electricity your solar panels generate. Find out more with our Feed-in Tariff guide. Not only will this help you to negate the E.ON price rise, but  it is also a great investment – you can earn around £25,000 over the 25 year lifetime of your solar panels, which is a higher rate than most savings accounts! Sign up before April to get the best FiT rate (rates will be lower after April 2012 – sign up now to lock in on the higher rates).

Check out the new solar panels section of our site to find out more about getting solar panels for your home. You can compare deals and see guides, infographics and diagrams to help you pick the best way to cut back on your gas and electricity bills and make your home more energy-efficient.

* This is based on an average household using 4,500kWh of electricity a year, at a cost of £585. If the solar panels generate 2,000 kWh of electricity, which is paid at a rate of paid 43.3p a unit under a Feed-in Tariff, the household will earn a total of £866. Assuming they use half (1,000 kWh) of the electricity (remember that the time they need to use the most electricity might not be the time when they are generating the most, so they would still have to buy electricity), this will cut £130 off their electricity bill. They sell the other 1,000 kWh of electricity they generate at 3.1p a unit and make £31. The household will cut their electricity bill by £130 and make £896 from their energy (£866 plus £31), meaning a total combined income and saving of £1027 in one year.