If you’ve got a bill to pay, you might be tempted to make a quick trip to the power station and pick up the bill.
But it could be that you’re actually saving money by taking a break from your daily routine.
Instead, you could be helping to prevent energy poverty.
Electricity providers like to keep track of the cost of power to your home, but often these bills aren’t as accurate as they could be.
The Energy Star standard is designed to help you track the cost per kilowatt hour of electricity you use and how much of that you actually spend on energy.
And while it’s not perfect, it does come with a couple of handy features: it’s pretty easy to understand, and it’s easy to sort out.
You could try to find a power meter, check the information, and compare your bills with the actual cost of your home.
It’s worth doing this first if you’re struggling to keep up to date with the cost.
The cost of electricity in the UK has risen by nearly 15% in the past year, and there are signs that the trend is accelerating.
If you’re stuck paying your electricity bills when you’re not at home, the Energy Star could be a useful tool to help.
For example, if you’ve paid your electricity bill every month for the past few years, the average amount you’ve saved on your bills has been around £12.
Alternatively, if the bills have come in at a much lower level, you can save money by switching to a cheaper power supplier.
There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to save as much as you could if you have to make such a large change, but it could save you from a lot of energy poverty and a few other costs that are currently not reflected in your energy bill.