Worried about fuel bills this winter? You’re not alone. Research from Compare The Market found that the average energy bill rose by more than £240 last year. The annual household average is now a whopping £1,625, but there are still ways to make big savin
1 SMART KNOWLEDGE Do you know how much it costs to heat your home? Smart meters show you the amount of energy you’re using in real time, and how much gas and electricity you’re getting through in pounds and pence. They’re free, and being offered to more than 26 million homes as part of the Government’s plan for every home to have one by 2020. Ask your supplier if they’re available in your area.
2 TURN IT DOWN The recommended temperature for the house is 18-21°C, but millions of us turn the dial up much higher when it gets cold ( before putting an extra jumper on!). You’d be surprised at how much you’ll save by turning it down just one degree.
3 TIME TO SWITCH? It’s always a good time to check if you can get a better deal. You don’t have to change your pipework or wiring – just switch to a different billing company. The best deals are usually online tariffs. Use comparison sites like uswitch.com or moneysupermarket. com. Your old and new suppliers will be told and there’ll be no interruption in your energy supply. Plus, there’s a two-week cooling-off period in case you change your mind.
4 FURNITURE FINESSE Moving furniture away from radiators will help warm air to circulate more efficiently. It might sound obvious but, according to the Energy Saving Trust, 42 per cent of us have one or more radiators blocked by furniture.
5 INSULATE YOUR HOME The average home loses 25 per cent of its heat through the roof. Many homes don’t have enough insulation in the loft or cavity walls. It can be costly, but adding more insulation could save hundreds off your heating bills. Grants are available in some areas – visit gov.uk/energy-grantscalculator.