Brits could be asked to turn down the thermostat and eat later to avoid blackouts

Someone changes the heating on a thermostat. The National Infrastructure Commission said the UK government should urge people to reduce their energy use.

Brits may need to consider keeping their homes at a constant, lower temperature (Image: PA)

Brits should be urged to change how and when they use their energy to weather the crisis and avoid blackouts this winter, an expert has suggested.

Households have already been warned that January’s price cap could rise by £360 more than previously forecast.

Experts from Cornwall Insight, one of the country’s leading energy consultants, said bills could rise from a record £1,971 today to £3,245 in October and then back to £3,364 early next year.

Sir John Armitt, Britain’s infrastructure czar, said people should be urged to reduce their energy use, for example by turning down thermostats and avoiding the use of appliances such as cookers and washing machines between the 6pm-8pm peak hours.

He told The Telegraph: “People are going to have to change their cooking habits. Do we need to heat our homes to 21°C or is it more efficient to have a constantly lower temperature?

“Absolutely, the government could ask people to turn their thermostats down. I would be amazed if the government didn’t do this sometime this winter.’

gas hob.

It may be advised to cook outside of opening hours between 6pm and 8pm (Image: PA)

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Sir John said Brits must be “treated like adults” and invited to help, and warned some six million homes could face power cuts this winter if supplies from Russia deteriorate.

Other European countries have already started asking residents to help out.

Germans were told to take shorter showers to reduce the amount of hot water gas used to keep them warm.

Over in Japan, homes and businesses have been asked to turn off lights and air conditioning when not needed, while Australia’s energy secretary has urged residents to avoid using electricity between 6pm and 8pm if possible.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy told “The UK has neither gas nor electricity problems and the Government is fully prepared for any scenario, including those that are extreme and very serious are unlikely.

“Thanks to a massive £90 billion investment in renewable energy over the last decade, we have one of the most reliable and diverse energy systems in the world and, unlike Europe, we are not dependent on Russian energy imports.”

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