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Measures to reduce fuel bills ROI*
water tank insulation energy saving Lagging 1
loft insulation energy saving Loft Insulation 2
cavity wall insulation energy saving Cavity Wall Insulation 2.3
underfloor insulation energy saving Underfloor Insulation 4.4
solid wall insulation energy saving Solid Wall Insulation 15.8
solar energy energy saving Solar Hot Water 35
double glazing energy saving Double Glazing 58.1

*ROI is the time it takes in years to return the investment in fuel savings for an average gas heated 3 bed semi-detached house. The table assumes no government incentive schemes are used.

Renewable Energy Measures ROI**
ground source heat pump Heat Pumps
- Replacing Electric
4 to 8
ground source heat pump Heat Pumps
- Replacing LPG
120 to 239
wind power Wind Power 13 to 52
solar PV Solar Photovoltaics 23 to 60

**ROI is the time it takes in years to return the investment in electricity savings. The table assumes no government incentive schemes are used.

Money
Saving
Tips
 Energy 
Savings 
Each Year
 Money
Savings
Each Year
 CO2
Savings
Each Year
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dishwasher energy saving tips Dishwashers
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30kWh -
90kWh
£4.62 -
£13.86

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11.01kg -
33.03kg
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Run the machine full and less often

boil less water in kettle energy saving tips Boiling Water
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82kWh -
164kWh
£12.628 -
£25.256

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30.09kg -
60.19kg
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Boil only what you need. Savings depend on how much tea you drink!

fridge freezer energy saving tips Fridge Freezers
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50kWh -
400kWh
£7.7 -
£61.6

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18.35kg -
146.8kg
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Fridge maintenance. Savings depend on size, age and rating

dmoney saving tips tumble drying Tumble Dryers
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90kWh -
350kWh
£13.86 -
£53.9

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33.03kg -
128.45kg
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Operate Less often, clean filters, part dry clothes?

differnce in cost of shallow or deep bath Baths
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700kWh -
1400kWh
£30.1 -
£215.6

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147kg -
513.8kg
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Have shallower baths and consider how you heat water

change energy supplier to save money Change Supplier
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0kWh -
0kWh
£0 -
£500

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0 -
0
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save money and have a beerSwitch! This is the single simplest way of saving money. This is equivalent to 100 pints of beer!

shower or power shower which is cheaper Shower of Power Shower
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120kWh -
1100kWh
£18.48 -
£242

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25.2kg -
403.7kg
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Aviod immersion heated power showers

save money and energy with good loft insulation Install Loft Insulation
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3000kWh -
3750kWh
£129 -
£161.25

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630kg -
787.5kg
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Modern loft insulation in a 3 bed semi - these numbers are for Gas, savings are greater for other fuels

save money and energy with good loft insulation Improve Loft Insulation
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1000kWh -
1500kWh
£43 -
£64.5

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210kg -
315kg
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Modern loft insulation in a 3 bed semi - these numbers are for Gas, savings are greater for other fuels

This table is under construction there are more tips here.

Household Fuels




Heating Oil Prices and Buying Guide

To calculate our average price of heating oil in the UK we collect a sample of quotes for delivery of 1000 litres of standard kerosene delivered in a standard tanker on normal delivery timescales (usually 1 week – 10 days). We do this once every quarter.

 

Fuel Prices

natural gas prices

Domestic Fuel Prices

Most of this site is dedicated to giving its visitors useful indicative cost information related to the use of energy in and around your place of residence. Depending upon what is within your control where you live, it is hoped that this information will help you save money and help you make sensible cost based decisions regarding what equipment to invest in, to reduce costs.

 

More on Fuel Prices

Extracted Energy from Fuel

Extracted Energy from Fuel

For combustible fuels the fuel prices on the home page of this site and in the fuels page indicate the price per kWh of the fuels if burned at close to 100% efficiency. They indicate the maximum extractable, “locked up”, chemical energy within the fuels. No equipment (boiler or fire) burns the fuel with 100% efficiency. So the actual cost per kWh is always higher. This is indicated on many of the pages on this site, showing for example the difference between a modern boiler and an old inefficient boiler.

 

Carbon Dioxide and Fuel Costs

The site focuses on cost and the belief that if environmental measures are cost effective then people will adopt them. We show with evidence which are the most cost effective measures to adopt in your domestic situation to save you money and as a consequence help the environment and which costs need to be driven down or grant funded to increase uptake.

The site does not aim to cover in any detail CO2 emissions, even though these are of great importance to our future. There are so many sites on the internet focusing on this. Some awareness is however useful. The CO2 emission data from the below table is taken from the Carbon Trust. The table also has the cost data to compare with this so that you can get a feel for cost of energy and the consequence of the fuel type on the environment.

N.B. Wood Pellets do actually emit more CO2 than this when burned, but it is regarded as a renewable source and on growing more wood for more wood pellets the CO2 is reabsorbed by the growing trees. So the net CO2 emission is low.

Different fuel prices per kWh
Different fuel prices per kWh

Well from this we should all be burning wood pellets to keep warm, they are fairly cheap and their net carbon dioxide emissions are the lowest.  The problem is that if we all switched we would run out of trees and the price would go up!

 


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