Energy saving tips

Lowering your energy bills could be easier than you think with our super simple energy saving tips.

Our top tip is that switching your gas and electricity provider could save you money.

Companies like Switch AidU-Switch and Compare the Market can help you find cheaper deals, as long as you’re not tied in with your current provider. Paying for dual fuel by Direct Debit is usuallyEnergy saving tips the cheapest way to get gas and electricity. If you don’t want to switch or can’t because of arrears, call your provider and ask them to make sure you’re on the lowest rate possible.

Heating tips

  1. The extra money spent on heating your home during the colder months can really add up so keep a close eye on how you’re using it. Turning your thermostat down by just one degree could cut your heating bills by a whopping 10%!
  2.  If you have thermostatic valves on your radiators, turn them down in any rooms you don’t use that much. You’ll be amazed what a difference it can make to your bill at the end of the month. 
  3.  Use your boiler and heating controls correctly, with the programmer set to match your needs. For example, setting your heating to come on half an hour before you get up in the morning could make a big difference to your energy costs.
  4. Place draft excluders under all your doors and stick insulation strips around your windows. These will stop cold air from coming into the room while preventing any warm air from escaping. These can be bought cheaply in most DIY stores.
  5.  Never hang your washing on the radiators. This reduces the amount of heat available to warm up the room. Instead, hang your washing on a clothes airer in a warm, dry room.

Electricity tips

  1. Never leave your TVs, computers or stereos on standby. By leaving that little red light on, you’re actually wasting a surprising amount of electricity. It’s much better for your wallet to turn them off at the wall - and much safer too! Check out our fire safety page for more advice on how you can keep your home safe.
  2. Make sure you don’t overfill the kettle when making a cuppa. It might seem small but only boiling what you need will help save money and energy.
  3. Turn off the lights in rooms you’re not using. It’s a really easy thing to forget and can make all the difference to your bills at the end of the month.

General tips

  1. Always cook food with the lids on. This saves heat and allows you to cook food faster using slightly lower temperatures, meaning you use less energy.
  2. Make sure your hot tap is always turned completely off. Ignoring the drip, drip, drip of a leaky tap wastes a lot of water and could really ramp up your bills.
  3. Taking regular meter readings and sending them to your energy supplier will help you keep an eye on your energy use and keep your bills right. If you get a bill and it has an ‘E’ marked against the meter reading it means it’s been ‘estimated’ by your supplier. In other words, you might not be paying the right amount for your energy! Having lots of estimated readings can lead to large unexpected bills so always make sure you check.
  4.  If you’re in debt to your energy supplier and struggling to find the money to pay them back, then please speak to your supplier as soon as possible. If they know there’s a problem they can work with you to find a solution. You can find more info on how to manage debt problems on our dealing with debt page.

 

Extra help

Warm Home Discount

 

If you receive any of the following, you might be able to claim a Warm Home Discount from your supplier:

 

  • Guaranteed Credit (part of Pension Credit)
  • Limited Capability for Work Related Activity (part of Universal Credit)
  • Support Group payment (part of Employment Support Allowance)

 

The Warm Home Discount could give you an extra £140 towards your fuel bill. Your Winter Fuel payment and Cold Weather payments are not affected by this. To find out if you’re eligible, please contact your energy supplier.

 

 

Winter Fuel Payment

If you’re over the age of 65, you could be entitled to extra money towards your energy bills with the Winter Fuel Payment. To find out more, please visit the government’s Winter Fuel Payment website.

 

 

Cold Weather Payment

Has the temperature been below zero degree celsius for the past seven days? You might be able to get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits. The payment gives you £25 for every seven days the average temperature in your area is recorded as (or forecast to be) zero degrees celsius or below. To find out more, please visit the government’s Cold Weather Payment website.

 

 

Remember to keep on top of your rent and utility bills. They’re really important when it comes to managing your money. If you’re struggling to keep up with payments, get in touch with your supplier. 

 

 

Need more help with your budgeting?

 

We’ve put together a great range of info, tips and advice to help you. Head over to our managing money pages to find out how you can make the most of your money.