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Energy Bill Warning for Cornwall

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10:40am 9th September 2011
(Updated 10:40am 9th September 2011)

It is claimed soaring energy bills will cost Cornish homeowners an extra twenty million pounds a year.

Five of the big providers have put up prices.

Now Enact Energy reckons the average Duchy family will have to pay another fifty pounds for electric and two hundred for gas.

Spokesman John Egan: "Cornwall is particularly vulnerable because of both the average income level and the fact that so much of the county is actually off the gas grid, and the electricity price increases have been particularly harsh. So, I think it will hit Cornish homes more."


Three Things to Cut Energy Use

Use less energy in the first place.

Have showers rather than baths.
Use low-flow shower heads rather than power showers.
Don't leave appliances like TVs and laptops on standby or on charge.

Keep energy locked in.

Make sure your loft's insulated.
Take up offers on cavity wall insulation.
Fit draft excluders around doors and windows.

Go green and generate your own energy.

Fit solar-thermal panels to heat your water which could save you several hundred pounds a year.
Fit PVs (solar electricity) which costs between around £7,000 and £11,000 to install but has a larger payback through the government's feed-in tariff scheme. The deadline for this is March.

10:40am 9th September 2011

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