How to Reduce Energy Bills

Our gas, electric and oil bills are predicted to increase again over the next 12 months and this means that over the last 5 years our energy bills will have doubled. In 2005 the average home spent around £600 on energy and in 2010 this rose to £1200. If it does the same over the next 5 years you could be paying around £2,500 a year for household energy unless you do something about it now.

The result of this increase is that many people who already struggle to pay their bills or adequately heat their homes will certainly find it difficult if not impossible to afford to keep warm in winter.

You can reduce your fuel bills by switching to a cheaper energy supplier, switching things off when you don't need them and making your home and appliances as energy efficient as possible.

Check to see if you could make savings by switching to a different energy supplier by clicking on the Quick Link ‘Compare your energy bills now’. If you can save money in this way, use it to make even more savings by adding more insulation to your home and improving your heating system.

One energy supplier you can‘t switch to through the switching sites is Co-operative Energy based in Warwick so we’ve made arrangements for you to switch to them though our site. This is one of the smaller energy suppliers but is unique in that it's actually owned by its customers, so supporting them is also supporting you.

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Many people are now looking at ways to reduce their energy bills and stay warm. Below is a list of ways to keep warm and reduce your bills. You can also call us on 01789 472691 for advice which is specific to your own situation and home environment.

Staying Warm

  • Wear lots of thin clothing layers
  • Put on an extra jumper and socks (woollen, thermal or fleece)
  • Take a 3 minute shower to warm up
  • Get up and move around to keep warm
  • Make hot drinks throughout the day
  • Draught proof your doors and windows with self adhesive strips and draught excluders
  • Use a hot water bottle
  • Install thermal curtain lining and close your curtains at dusk

Cutting your bills

  • Insulate your loft, walls and hot water tank
  • Turn off radiators in rooms you don't use
  • Shower rather than bathe
  • Only use as much water as necessary in pans and kettles
  • Keep your fridge and freezer doors closed
  • Draught proof doors and windows
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs
  • Keep your heating thermostat at 21 degrees or less
  • Turn down your hot water temperature to 60 degrees
  • Only turn on the heating when you are at home
  • Turn off all appliances and products on stand-by
  • Wash clothes at 30 degrees
  • Air dry clothes when possible

These are just some of the ways to keep warm and cut your energy bills. There are also government schemes which can help with the cost of heating your home this winter:

  • Winter Fuel Payment
  • Cold Weather Payment
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme
  • Housing Renewal
  • Help with home improvement costs
  • Decent Homes Scheme
  • Disabled Facilities Grants

For advice on grants or help which is specific to your own situation please call us on 01789 472691.

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