Check your home energy usage


Energy monitors are available to loan to help residents identify the largest contributors to their electricity bills.

Between 2004 and 2010, the average household electricity bill has risen by almost 80 per cent with the average annual electricity bill now estimated at £1,342.

In a bid to make residents more aware of the electricity they use, Cherwell District Council has eight energy monitors available to lend to residents for a two-week period to help them identify the costs associated with household appliances.

Nigel Morris, councillor for clean and green, said: “These devices record just how much electricity is being used and the associated financial cost. This usage and price will change as more or less devices are turned on to show just how much each item costs to run and which is the biggest contributor to electricity bills.

“By being able to see how much each appliance costs to use residents will have a better understanding of exactly which items use the most electricity and subsequently make the largest contributions to their energy bills. Based on this, residents will be able to take informed actions to try and reduce the costs of their bills.”

The monitors are available to borrow for free from Bicester Green, which is next to Sobell House Charity Megstore in Station Approach, Bicester. It is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm.

Residents are advised to call ahead as demand for the energy monitors has been high. To reserve through Cherwell District Council call 01295 227001 or through Bicester Green, call 01869 338564.