Emily Gosden the Energy Editor for the Telegraph last week wrote about Scottish Power preparing to reduce its tariffs by 3.3% suggesting the 2.2m customers on dual fuel will see their annual bills reduced by £40 pa.
This will still leave these customers paying £1235 every year, substantially higher than a few years ago, yet actual consumption is down 18%. This is a continuous trend with an annual gas price increase to be expected.
Ministers seeking any justification for the failed Green Deal that was due to deliver massive opportunities for hundreds of thousands of properties, say that this shows energy efficient measures are working.
Others suggest the reason is far simpler, homeowners have simply cut back their usage because it is unaffordable or the milder (albeit very wet) weather has cut demand. Whatever the reason, the cost of providing warmth for homeowners has never been higher so any reduction is welcome but the window industry has seen a surge in orders, driven in part by a desire to reduce heating costs.
While everything loses some heat, modern “A rated” windows are energy neutral, even energy positive when calculated over the normal annual heating cycle as they are better at capturing spring and autumn warmth when the sun is low in the sky and trapping it inside the room, than either single or recent, double glazing.
Currently building regulations require WER (a window energy rating) of “C rated” or better, whereas EST (energy savings trust) can only recommend the top 20% of windows, hence they’ll only recommend A rated windows.