Busting 10 of the most common energy myths

Busting 10 of the most common energy myths


Posted 6th Sep 2018

Following the news that one third of Brits are ignoring money saving advice, npower has partnered with Karyn Fleeting, founder of Miss Thrifty, to provide homeowners with tips so they know what they can do to save some money around the home.

Karyn said: "What this confirms is the UK's appetite for energy-saving advice and money-saving tips."

"For the last 10 years, I have been on a mission to help the nation save money and spend smartly."

"One thing I have discovered is that even the smallest of modifications to household habits can make a significant dent in household bills."

"One minute less in the shower every day can save you up to £80 per year. A washing-up bowl can save you up to £25 a year. It's easy money."

The 10 most common energy myths are:

1. 81% think a shower uses less water than a bath. However, a power shower could be using as much as 50 litres more than a bath. In comparison, a water-efficient shower head can end up saving a household as much as £195 - not to be sniffed at!*

2. Just under half (46%) of bill-payers believe it is cheaper to leave the heating on low all the time - however, having a room thermostat to adjust the temperature can ultimately save you as much as £150 a year.*

3. 51% of Brits think Smart meters will use electricity and add to their bill. However, by accurately monitoring your energy, you can save up to £21.**

4. 43% think energy saving lightbulbs have little to no impact on their bills, even though research has revealed it can lead to savings of up to £35 a year.*

5. 20% of Brits think putting the heater on a slightly warmer temperature will make no difference to their bill, but simply reducing the temperature by just one degree can save up to £75.*

6. 19% believe boiling more water than you need will not actually use more energy - this myth could be costing homeowners £30 a year.*

7. 41% of Brits think charging a laptop will use the same amount of energy as a desktop - however, you can end up saving as much as £17 a year by ditching your desktop.*

8. 19% think appliances do not use electricity when they're in standby mode, but this myth could be costing up to £30 a year.*

9. 21% don't think a long shower adds a significant amount to their water bill - however, spending just one minute less in the shower can save up to £80.*

10. Nearly one in five (18%) think a running tap will use less water than a bowl when washing up but investing in a washing up bowl could ultimately save up to £25 on your water bill.*

*According to research and calculations by Energy Saving Trust

**According to research and calculations by Smart Energy GB






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