The Big Energy Saving Week launches today. Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust and The Department of Energy and Climate Change are offering households throughout the UK advice on how to save money on their energy bills.
From energy efficiency measures to switching your households energy supply, these guys have it covered and Energylinx fully support their end goal – to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to!
Energy bills are the top financial concern for households and 63% of people believe that there is nothing that they can do about them. In reality, simply comparing and switching energy supplier could save hundreds of pounds a year. So why aren’t we all following The Big Energy Saving Week’s advice to Check, Switch and Save?
1) Check that you are getting the best deal from your current supplier
You don’t necessarily need to leave your current supplier. Most suppliers will have up to four tariffs for gas and electricity, along with discounts for managing your bill online or choosing a “dual fuel” tariff.
2) Check if there is a cheaper way to pay your bills
As mentioned above, suppliers offer discounts for direct debit. On average it is £100 cheaper per year to pay by monthly direct debit than it is to pay by cash or cheque. Partner that with the discount you can receive for managing your account online, without switching you could still make a significant saving on your energy bills.
3) Check that you are getting ALL the benefits that you are entitled to
If you’ve reached state pension age you may get a Winter Fuel Payment to help with winter heating costs.
Some people who receive benefits can also get a Cold Weather Payment of £25 if the temperature drops below freezing in their local area for seven days in a row. You don’t need to apply – if you are eligible it will be paid automatically in the same way you receive your benefits.
The Warm Home Discount scheme is a Government scheme, whereby energy suppliers provide rebates to households on certain benefits. The rebate is £140 for 2015/16 and you should contact your electricity supplier directly to see if you qualify.
If you have never switched your energy supplier before you might be surprised by how much you can save. Visit OFGEM’s Be An Energy Shopper switching website for helpful tips to get started.
To make sure you get the best deal, you’ll need to know:
1) the name of your current supplier
2) the name of your current tariff, usually found on your bill
3) the amount of energy you use
4) how you currently pay, and would like to pay with a new supplier
5) Your postcode.
Are you worried about how much money you’re spending to heat and light your home? Do you want to spend less? The most effective way to pay less for your fuel bills is to save energy around your home.
Insulate your home
Did you know that approximately 33% of heat is lost through the walls of your home, and 26% through the roof?
Insulation acts like a duvet for your home, and slows down the rate at which your home loses heat, meaning you don’t need to spend as much to keep warm.
Some of our favourite energy saving (and money savings!) tips are:
1) Heating costs rise by about 8% for every 1°C – so even turning down the heating a tiny bit can make a £75-a-year difference!
2) By maintaining your boiler, heating costs can reduce by about 30%. Ensure that your heaters and boilers are serviced at least annually and are adjusted for optimum efficiency.
3) Take your clothes out of the dryer before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker and use less energy.
4) Don’t fill your kettle up every time, only boil the amount of water you need!
5) Keep your freezer full – Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.
6) If you’re going to use the oven, bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on.
7) Or use the microwave instead of the oven. Microwaves use around 50% less electricity than conventional electric ovens.
Looking for some more money saving energy efficiency tips, pop over to the Big Energy Saving Week website.
Looking to see what you could save on your energy bills but don’t know where to start? OFGEM have created the perfect website for you. Click here to the Be an Energy Shopper website.
Energylinx are one of 12 accredited OFGEM Comparison and Switching sites. To see what you could save, click here to be taken to our free and impartial comparison tool.
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