Save Energy, Save Money

We are all aware of rising energy costs. You may feel there is little that you can do about this but switching to a lower tarriff or supplier could save you money.  There are many comparions sites which can help you. We have listed some for your guidance:

Can everyone switch?

  • Most people can switch supplier.
  • With a pay-as-you-go meter you can switch with a debt of up to £500.
  • If you rent and you are responsible for energy bills, you have the right to switch.  A landlord only has the right to choose energy supplier if they are paying the energy bills.  

Find a better deal

  • Talk to your current supplier to see if they can offer a better deal. Speak to them direct or visit their website to see what tariffs they offer.
  • Use an online comparison website to see what other suppliers are offering and to compare deals
  • Contact other suppliers directly

If you struggle to understand your energy bills, uSwitch have produced a helpful video to explain what everything means. You can view it here.

To really make a difference you need to use less energy. 

Top tips that don't cost anything

  • Turn down your thermostat
    - reducing by 1ºC could cut 10% of your heating bill
     
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
     
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping
     
  • Fill up your washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher
    - one full load uses less energy than two half loads. Wash your clothes at 30ºC. Don't use the tumbledryer if you can avoid it
     
  • Don't boil more water than you need
    - but remember to cover the elements if you are using an electric kettle
     
  • Use energy saving lightbulbs
    - they last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs and don't cost much more
     
  • Don't leave applicances on standby
    - remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily. Most mobiles are fully charged within two hours!