Saving money on your energy bills

Save money on your energy bills

Are you looking to save money on your energy bills?

By switching energy providers or changing your fuel tariff, you could potentially save hundreds of pounds a year.

You can also find out about making your home energy efficient in the advice leaflet.


 

Switching energy providers

Following recent energy price rises, many people are worried about their energy bills, so comparing energy prices and tariffs is highly advisable.

To compare tariffs, you need to know how much you pay for your energy. Visit at least 3 price comparison sites and enter your details to see how much you can save.

If you are concerned about further price increases, you may want to protect yourself by choosing a fixed price energy tariff. Fixed price tariffs will guarantee that the price you pay for energy will not increase for a fixed period of time, normally 1 - 3 years. Once you have found the cheapest provider, switching is easy. All you have to do is fill in some personal details.

NB: You should ensure you take both your gas and electricity from the same supplier, thus benefiting from dual fuel discounts.

How to compare energy bills

The following energy suppliers have been approved by the Consumer Focus Confidence code for energy comparison. Visit at least three price comparison sites and enter your details to compare fuel prices.

Switch to Direct Debits

Many energy companies offer discounts to customers who pay by Direct Debit. Contact your energy company to see if they provide this discount.

Switch to paperless billing
Many suppliers offer discounts if you agree to switch to paperless billing. Instead of receiving bills in the post, you'll get emails from your energy supplier and can manage your account and submit meter readings online. This type of billing also has wider energy saving implications, cutting the paper needed to send out and pay bills by post.

Take regular meter readings
If your gas and electricity meters aren't read regularly, bills based on estimated readings mean you could end up paying for much more gas or electricity than you actually use. Reading your meter regularly and updating your energy supplier also enables you to keep track of what you're using and cut back if necessary.

Reducing your energy consumption

Changing energy providers or your tariff is not the only way to save money. By adopting energy saving tips you will see improvements in the price of your energy bills and reduce your carbon emission contribution to the environment. To find out more about how you can save energy visit the Energy Saving Tips page.

Cold Weather Payments

Your heating costs can increase dramatically during a period of cold weather. If you are receiving certain benefits you may be entitled to a Cold Weather Payment. A payment will be made for each 7 day period of cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.

Payments will be made when the local temperature is either:

  • Recorded as an average of 0 degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.
  • Forecast to be an average 0 degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

You don’t need to apply for cold weather payments. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you will automatically be paid it.

If you believe you are entitled to a cold weather payment but you have not received, it contact your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus

For further information on Cold Weather Payments and to find out if you energy has received a payment triggered by cold weather visit Gov UK.

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