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How to best spend your £12 Government Electricity Rebate? :-)

Posted by Gabby Mallett on 15 October 2015 at 11:05 am

I am writing this with my tongue slightly in my cheek, but I am wondering what you are going to spend your windfall on. I am sure that a rebate of any size will be welcomed by many and for some it could mean a free week or so of electricity use. However, what I really think is that £12 is neither here nor there for most of us and for the sake of all the admin needed to refund this money there could have been better ways of dealing with it.

What am I talking about? I am talking about the Government Electricity Rebate (GER) it’s a rebate of £12 that every (with some exceptions) electricity customer should be getting this year. Its apparently a contribution to help lower the impact of the current environmental and social policy costs (eg. working towards affordable warmth for all) which we all currently pay for. So the government is reducing or scrapping some of its subsidies and tariffs for renewable energy and giving the money back to all the consumers.

Well I had a quick look online to see what you could be spending your money on. Yes, I know, three beers, 25 cigarettes, one seat at the cinema etc. I was really thinking more about energy efficiency measures, something that may have an impact for much longer than just this autumn.

How about you buy some LED lightbulbs. You would probably get 3 or 4 for that money and if you use them to replace those old halogen bulbs you could save more than £12 in the next year.

Then letter box covers, you could get the brush ones, or if you could find a spare £1 yourself you could stretch to the flappy one. I doubt you would get your money back over the year, but you would stop that annoying draught and you may even stop the tapping noise you get on windy nights if your external flap is particularly loose.

You could buy some radiator reflector roll. You put this on the walls behind the radiator to reflect heat back into the room, or perhaps some rolls of draught excluding tape. These are pretty cheap, so you would probably get at least 3 rolls of 3.5m each. That should be enough to do the front and back doors and possibly around some windows.

What you can’t afford with your £12 is a full top-up of your loft insulation, you can’t get anywhere near the price of cavity wall insulation or even a decent chimney balloon (though stuffing the chimney with rolled up newspaper can work almost as well).

So don’t rush out and spend it all at once. Why not use this money to make a lasting difference to the energy efficiency of your home. It may help to cut your future bills and it can certainly make a difference to how comfortable you feel. See here for more information on the GER.

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