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Making your money go further

Gas & electricity

Sometimes gas and electricity bills can be an unpleasant surprise, so here are some ways you can save money on your bills and keep on top of your spending:

Switch to save

  • Compare providers online, using a comparison website such as www.uswitch.com
  • If you want to compare the market or switch provider, Pennywise and the Energy Advice Project can guide you through the whole process.
  • It’s recommended that you think about switching provider every 12 months.

Get a grant to clear energy debts

Take regular meter readings

  • This will give you accurate bills, and help you to budget.

Energy saving tips

1. Only boil as much water in the kettle as you need.

2. Don’t leave phone chargers plugged in as they drain power.

3. Don’t leave things on standby.

4. Turning your heating down by 1 degree could save you £60 a year!

5. Heat your home with cooking – leave the oven door open after use.

6. Use a draught excluder, or even a makeshift jumper would help.

7. Use a blanket or curtain over the bottom of the stairs to stop the heat escaping.

8. Put an insulating jacket on your hot water boiler and lag hot water pipes.

9. Use secondary glazing plastic on your windows to stop drafts.

10. Use radiator reflector foil behind radiators to warm rooms.

For more energy-saving tips, check out the Energy Saving Trust’s blog.