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Reducing Energy Bills

How to reduce your energy bills:

Check your current energy tariff:

Contact your current energy supplier to check you are on the best tariff and payment method for your circumstances, or if they can offer you any discounts to cut your bills.

 

Change the way you pay your energy bills:

Check if there is a better way you can pay your bills. Most suppliers offer a discount if you pay by direct debit, on average around £100, compared to paying your bill by cash or cheque

 

Switching energy supplier:

You might be able to get a better deal with a new supplier, particularly if you have never switched before. Visit a comparison website to see if you could get your energy cheaper. You might be able to save £200-400 overall per year. Comparison websites can help you find the best deal for you in your local area and provide you with a free and easy-to-use switching service. They also give detailed information on each tariff, including gas and electricity unit prices and any discounts that are available. Ofgem leaflet: How to Switch Energy Supplier.

 

Be A Better Energy Shopper

Visit Ofgem's Be an Energy Energy Shopper website or view their Go Energy Shopping Guide which can both help you to shop around for a better deal on your gas and electricity

 

Also visit Ofgem's webpage on how to compare and switch tariffs and providers which also has links to all the accredited price comparison websites. The Consumer Focus factsheet How to Switch Energy Suppliers and Citizen's Advice Bureau's Adviceguide website have more advice and information.

 

Collective purchasing and switching:

This is when a group of consumers band together to negotiate a better deal with their gas and electricity suppliers. More information on how to go about this is available on the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Collective Purchasing and Switching webpage and their fact sheet: Collective Purchasing and Switching: What consumers need to know.

 

Oil Buying Clubs:

If you use heating oil as your main fuel, buy before winter as you might get it cheaper. See if there are any local buying clubs you can join as you might be able to negotiate a discount with suppliers if you are buying in bulk. The Citizens Advice Bureau has a section on its website with information and resources on oil clubs.

 

Saving Energy:

Age UK's Save Energy, Pay Less guide looks at ways to make your home warmer, as well as how to save energy and money and help the environment.

 

Helping consumers with energy:

DECC has produced this simple guide to explain what support is available for consumers and where they can go for help on energy. The guide can help consumers get the best energy deal and how to save money this winter.

 

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