British Gas, OVO, Octopus, EDF customers warned 'open doors and windows' today

British Gas, OVO, EDF, EON Next and Octopus customers have been warned to "open windows and doors" today. Customers signed up to the biggest energy suppliers in the country have been warned over how to slash their bills with easy changes.

As the Cost of Living crisis continues, energy experts at Grant Store have moved to share the common misconception that energy consumption decreases in the summer and provide expert tips for reducing energy bills. They said: "Many businesses assume that warmer weather naturally leads to reduced energy consumption, but in reality, it’s quite different. During summer, energy demand often spikes due to increased reliance on air conditioning and cooling systems. This surge not only drives up energy bills but also strains the power grid, resulting in higher prices for all consumers."

They said: “Install smart thermostats to control temperatures better. Set them to change settings based on when people are around so cooling systems work only when needed. These thermostats can learn your habits and adjust energy use, saving money.

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“Improve your property’s insulation to keep heat out and reduce the strain on cooling systems. Good insulation helps keep indoor temperatures steady so that you won't need as much cooling in hot weather. Upgrade insulation in walls, ceilings, and windows to save energy.

“Use natural ventilation to cool indoor spaces when you can. Open windows and doors to let in fresh air, especially during cooler evenings. This reduces the need for air conditioning, saving energy and improving indoor air quality.” They added: "Promote energy-saving habits among employees, like turning off lights, computers, and other equipment when not in use.

"Set computers to go into sleep mode during inactivity. Creating an energy-conscious workplace culture can lead to long-term savings. Keep up with regular maintenance for HVAC systems and equipment to ensure they run efficiently. Dirty filters, clogged ducts, and broken parts can waste energy.

"Regular inspections and servicing help find and fix problems quickly, improving efficiency and lowering costs.”