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.

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.

Add energy efficient measures as you improve your home

Draught Proofing 
This is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways you can save energy. It's important to minimise heat loss from draughts coming in through floors, walls, around service pipes and cables, and around windows and doors. At the same time, you must maintain the right levels of ventilation in the home, especially if you have rooms with open fires or open flues. 

Floor insulation is an ideal opportunity to prevent your feet getting cold in winter. About 15% of a home's heat loss is through the floor. If you have a timer floor, the most efficient option is for your builder to lift floorboards and install insulation between the floor joists. If you have a solid floor, insulated floorboards are laid on top of your existing floor, slightly raising the floor level. If you're having more extensive work carried out, the top layer of the floor can be removed and insulation added to preserve the existing floor level. 

Low energy compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) save power, whilst performing as well as traditional bulbs. High-powered LEDs are now widely available, have improved dramatically in recent years, and are particularly suited to task lighting and spotlights. If you intend to install new lighting, building regulations require 75% of all bulbs to be low energy. 

Up to 35% of heat escapes through walls - so adding insulation will be a big factor in making your home much more cosy. If your home was built after 1920, the chances are it has cavity walls made of two layers with a small gap between them. They can easily be fitted with insulation. If your cavities have not already been filled, you may be able to treat the whole house for around £250 and save up to £110 per year on heating bills. Homes with solid walls have no gap. So even more heat escapes than through cavity walls. External wall insulation and/or internal wall insulation can be applied to the whole house but the total cost is higher than for a house with cavity walls. 

Just like appliances and houses, windows are rated on an A to G scale. C-rated windows are now a minimum requirement in building regulations, but windows with a higher rating will perform even better. 

Recommended products
There are many energy efficient products on the market. But the best of the best are those which carry the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo- your assurance that these meet the strictest criteria and deliver the biggest energy savings. 


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