Scilly Has Highest Rate Of Domestic Electricity Usage In UK

hugh town housesScilly had the highest rate of domestic electricity usage in the UK last year.

Figures just released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that each home on the islands used an average of 6,610 KWh in 2014, just above the Shetland Islands and Orkney.

This high rate of electricity usage is likely to be due to the lack of a domestic gas supply on many UK offshore islands and the use of electricity for water and central heating.

The higher cost of electricity is also one of the reasons why Scilly has consistently headed the list of local authorities with highest rate of fuel poverty.

That’s when householders have to pay more than the national average for their energy, resulting in them falling below the official poverty line.

In 2013, government statistics showed that 22.4% of homes in Scilly were in fuel poverty.

10 Responses to Scilly Has Highest Rate Of Domestic Electricity Usage In UK

  1. Jason Hicks January 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Technology and price is always improving, as is the ease of installation, most local plumbers would be able to install a solar thermal system. We supply Apricus Evacuated Tube systems, they are glass tubes with a heat exchange system, being more significantly more efficient than the traditional flat plate collectors they generate more hot water on a smaller roof space. There are a couple of examples on the island’s, if anyone wants more information e-mail me at

  2. Allan Hicks January 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    We had 2 solar thermal panels at Porthcressa road and this supplied practically all our hot water, the immersion came on only on very dull days and a few times during the winter months, but I was surprised how much hot water was provided in the winter months. Note. We did face due South.

  3. Sara Corbett January 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    When we ran the Bell Rock back in the 70s/80s we heated the swimming pool entirely from solar panels. They were much cruder than the modern ones so I am sure there could be huge savings using them in Scilly. I could never understand why the heat from the incinerator wasn’t harnessed.

    Has an anaerobic digester ever been considered to make methane which could be used for heating or even bottled like LPG. This could be a big saving and deal with quite a bit of your waste.

    • Pete January 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Sara. You should visit a milliner as soon as possible, your thinking cap needs adjusting. Methane gas and the Council, combined???

  4. Adrian J,G. Davis January 7, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Richie–Do you know of any Island contractors who have the expertise and who would be interested in quoting for Solar thermal work?
    This was one area that ISREC was about to investigate before it was sadly scuppered by events beyond our control. Should there be enough interest it might be possible to
    reform ISREC which did some valuable work in our community facilitating Solar Voltaic installations (BTW Our system is more than halfway to being paid for) rather than just talking about green energy as is happening at present.

  5. ritchie December 29, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Jane is absolutely right.I have been banging on about solar thermal panels for ages. If 50% of the houses on Scilly installed solar thermal it would take 2.5mwhrs at least off the Island demand daily, much more than any so called “green scheme”. Simply installed on roofs its old tech and would give local contractors work and would have no impact on the environment. Also it would cost a small fraction of any comparable major scheme. Seems to make sense to me to fund hunt for this and create smaller bills for all and do our bit for
    the environment, but its far too simple and would not create any local authority jobs !

  6. Jane Phillips, Rutland, UK December 26, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    With the amount of sunlight the islands get, I am constantly surprised that solar panels are not installed. At least some of the power would be ‘free’, and hopefully saving all islanders cash for the cooler months. Government should give all HUGE tax breaks on installing said panels, or better still, free installation by the Duchy. Its green, ecologically sound, and falls into HRH’s category of being good for all.

    • Supervolt December 29, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Been there, done that, got the T shirt. Never tried sucking eggs though?

  7. Pete December 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Nearly a quarter of homes in fuel poverty on the islands. That’s something the government can feel proud of.

  8. Soutie December 23, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    When the Council abandoned the “smart grid” concept in May, it was reported they are developing a portfolio of ‘other projects that will deliver the same overall vision.’ It would be nice to hear about these some day.