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Saving Energy and Money

Saving by switching

Shopping around is one way to save money on your energy bills. You can save money by:

  • Moving to a cheaper deal/tariff with your current supplier.

  • Changing your payment method.

  • Switching to a new supplier.

Before you switch:

  • Check which type of meter you have (e.g. prepayment meter)

  • Find out if your contract with your supplier has an ‘exit fee’ for leaving early – it’s often found on the bill.

  • Look at the tariffs offered by your current supplier.

Find the best deal:

Use Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s price comparison tool www.energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk or an Ofgem accredited price comparison

 To do this you’ll need:

  •  The name of your supplier and current tariffs
  •  How much energy you used in the last year
  •  How you currently pay for your energy (e.g. direct debit)
  •  Your postcode

The Energy Switch Guarantee ensures energy switching is completed in just 21 days. Check which suppliers have signed up to the guarantee at www.energyswitchguarantee.com 

Save energy (and money)

There are many ways to make your house more energy efficient and cut your energy bills. Here are some top tips:

  1. If you have a timer on your central heating system, set the heating and hot water to come on when required. For example, set it to start 30 minutes before you get up in the morning and switch off 30 minutes before you’re due to go to bed.
  2. If you have a hot water tank, set the cylinder thermostat to either 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat esc aping through the windows. Check for draughts around windows and doors that let cold air in and warm air out
  4. Always turn the light off when you leave a room.
  5. Don’t leave appliances on standby and don’t leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
  6. When you are doing the washing, try to fill up the machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher. One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
  7. Only boil as much water as you need.
  8. A dripping hot water tap can waste enough energy in a week to half fill a bath with hot water. Fix leaking taps and make sure they are fully turned off.
  9. Consider getting a smart meter and in-home display when you are offered one by your energy supplier. The in-home display will show you how much energy you are using so you can work out where you could use less energy and save money.
  10. Do a home energy check to find out about savings of up to £250 a year on household energy bills. Visit www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk   Use this check to get a full report with details of your home’s energy use and the savings you could make.