When it comes to getting cheaper energy, every little helps, so you may be wondering, how can I get cheaper bills?
Luckily for you, there are lots of ways to get cheap heating, cheap gas, cheap electricity and more, all of which will help you on your way to an overall cheaper energy bill, so here are our top tips!
All of these tips will contribute to lowering your bills – even employing just a few of them will add up over time. You don’t need to be a money expert to save yourself potentially hundreds of pounds.
Consider switching your supplier
It is always worth shopping around to make sure you are getting the best deal for your money - comparison sites are great for finding you a better deal based on your current usage.
Our preferred energy-switching service is Look After My Bills, which promises to find you a great deal on your energy. Look After My Bills only work with the providers that offer excellent customer service at competitive prices, so you know that you will be receiving quality service from an approved provider.
It takes just a matter of minutes to sign up to Look After My Bills, and once you do, you will be given the best rate on the market at that time. LAMB take a series of factors into account when choosing your new provider, including price, customer service records and ratings from professional organisations like the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Energy prices will be monitored constantly throughout the year and, if LAMB thinks you can save more than £50, they’ll switch you there and then. Of course, you’ll have the chance to turn down the switch first, but when there’s money to be saved, why would you?
Find out more about LAMB in our complete Look After My Bills review.
Don’t linger after a fixed tariff
Make sure you look into switching if a fixed tariff is due to expire – chances are that you will be placed on a more expensive tariff after the fixed tariff ends.
Treat your energy supply as you would your car insurance and make sure you know when it is due for “renewal”.
Remember, with Look After My Bills, you never need to know when your fixed tariff is due to expire – the energy switching service will automatically put you onto the cheapest one at the time.
Set up a direct debit
Is it better to pay energy bills by direct debit?
Well, most providers reduce your charges if you pay by monthly Direct Debit. Some suppliers will even reduce the charges further the longer you stay with them, but don’t assume that this is the case – many will offer their best prices to new customers.
Direct Debit payments also help you to spread the cost of energy across the year, giving peace of mind in avoiding hefty gas bills in the winter as you may have built up some credit earlier in the year.
Paying a set amount each month can also help with budgeting and is particularly useful if more than one of you pay the bill.
Think about where and when you need heating
If you can, only heat the areas of your home that you use at certain times – for example, heating your bedroom in the morning and the living room in the evening.
If you’re wondering: “how can I heat my house cheaply?”, there are a number of other questions you may have. Is it cheaper to leave heating on all day? Does turning down individual radiators save money? Why would radiators be painted black?!
For the answers to all of those questions, head over to Bobatoo’s article: The home heating myths that could cost you money this winter.
Wear an extra layer
An obvious one, but reducing the heat marginally can lead to big savings – even if it’s only a degree or two! Put on a jumper or a onesie and turn the thermostat down a couple of notches and you could see some big savings.
Load up the washing machine
Whether they’re a quarter-full, half-full or full to the brim, your washing machine costs roughly the same to run per cycle, which is a lot! So, to make them run more efficiently, wait until you have a full load to go on.
Two half loads use more energy than one full one, even if you have a special half load cycle, so save up your dirty garments and use the washer less often.
Another option is to invest in an energy-efficient washing machine, which is bound to save you money.
Make use of “free” energy
A cheeky one, but take full advantage (when you can) of somebody else’s energy supply!
By that, we don’t mean to sneak your dishes into next door’s dishwasher, but utilise the electricity available to you while you’re out of the house. For example, if you are at university, at work or even on the train, why not charge your phone or laptop there?
Be energy efficient
Think about what you can change at home to be more energy efficient, for example investing in energy efficient appliances and light bulbs. These savings add up, particularly when used over years.
Waste not, want not!
Don’t waste energy – remember to turn off lights when you leave a room, don’t forget to turn off the oven or hair straighteners, turn your television off instead of leaving it on standby, take more showers instead of baths and only boil a kettle with as much water as you need for the round of brews that you’re making. There are lots of small changes you can make that will eventually add up.