Homeowners could be convinced to switch energy practices using a new tool available from Ebico that could help reduce energy usage now that the clocks have gone back.
The only not-for-profit energy firm in the UK is using an online tool called imeasure developed by researchers at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, which highlights usage patterns to help people pursue cheap energy rates.
Ebico believes the tool could help lower consumption and result in a 15 per cent reduction in energy bills, especially now the sun will be setting an hour earlier due to the clocks going back.
Phil Levermore, managing director of Ebico, told the website: "This step-up in consumption [due to the clocks going back] can be quite alarming for some customers as they don't necessarily consider what the impact of the time shift has on their consumption habits."
The imeasure tool calculates domestic carbon emissions and also uses the results to contribute to a wider consumption study being undertaken by Oxford University.
Customers could also choose to compare energy prices from suppliers to find the best rates.
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