Normally we would suggest switching however, we wouldn’t recommend that now so here are other small ways to keep your bills down.
• Turning off televisions and other electronic devices and not leaving them on standby.
• Washing clothes on a lower temperature at off-peak times.
• Only fill the kettle with the water you need.
• Turning down your main thermostat by 1 degree saves around £60 on energy bills.
• Spend one minute less in the shower each day; a family household could save £75 a year on energy and water bills. The Simple Energy Advice website has more tips.
• Improve insulation. If you’re renting, ask your landlord to do this. Or you may get financial support to help insulate your home under the Energy Company Obligation scheme . Contact your energy supplier for information.
• If your house is not connected to the gas grid you may be able to receive help under the Home Upgrade Grant scheme through your local authority.
• If you’re a pensioner with a low income, receive Universal Credit or other means-tested benefits, you may be eligible for the Warm Home Discount of £140 a year to go towards your bills.
The Government recently announced a £500m fund to support households this winter, so watch for announcements about how this could help you. It will be distributed by Local Authorities.
Call us on 0808 278 7892 for advice about energy costs and staying warm this winter.