The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released the quarterly UK energy statistics for the 1st quarter of 2013 today, 27th June 2013.
The points that really stood out when reviewing the statistical data from DECC were:
- The average temperature during the first quarter of 2013 was colder than the same period last year at 2.7oC .This resulted in domestic energy consumption increasing by 18.2 percent.
- Domestic consumption of heating oil was up by 21.7 percent on the same period last year.
This clearly shows the impact a cold winter has on domestic usage, highlighting the need for individuals to take steps to improve the energy efficiency of homes and ensure they are not paying over the odds for fuel. With the ever increasing cost of gas and electricity and average heating oil prices reaching 65p per litre at periods over the winter, increasing consumption due the recent occurrence of colder winters could draw more households into fuel poverty.
Using the BoilerJuice heating oil price charts is one way to help households manage the cost of heating oil by allowing them to track prices on a daily basis and monitor when heating oil is at its cheapest.
For more information and a full copy of the press release see the DECC website.