High energy bills
The common causes of high electricity and gas bills are:
- not shopping around for cheaper deals
- being unsure of how to use heating controls effectively
- being unaware of what uses a lot of energy in the home (energy consumption)
How can I get a cheaper deal?
There are a number of comparison sites on the internet where you can find suppliers offering the best prices and service. It may also pay to look into dual fuel deals, where you get your gas and electricity from the same supplier. These often offer discounts and can work out cheaper.
It may also be worth considering a Direct Debit. This could save you money as you will no longer have to pay for the upkeep of your meter and key and in some cases discounts may apply.
How can I use my heating controls effectively?
If you are like a lot of people out there, you may not understand how your boiler works, what the thermostat is for, and how to adjust it to get the heat you want for a fraction of the cost.
If you have access to the internet, there are lots of great tips and videos on how to heat your home easily, without using as much energy.
If you don’t have access to the internet, you can contact the The Energy Saving Trust on 0300 123 1234, or Npower Health Through Warmth on 0845 070 2809, who may be able to talk you through your equipment.
What is my energy consumption?
Energy companies usually charge a set price for a unit of energy burned within 1 hr. They might use the estimate of 15p per KWH (kilowatts an hour) to show you how your energy usage has a direct impact on how much you spend on your bills.
For example when you boil a kettle, a kettle uses 3000 watts (avg) an hr. If you used the kettle for 1 hour it would cost you 45p an hour. On average for just a cup of tea it would cost an estimated 2.25p for boiling the kettle.
You can use an energy consumption calculator or download an app available from your energy supplier to find out how much it costs to run an appliance and how to cut costs, or you can contact your supplier for advice on ways to reduce your energy consumption.
There are a number of sites that can help you save money including
The government have been trying to come up with ways to help you cope with the increase in energy bills. They made energy companies offer fairer tariffs and open charitable organisations.
The government also run schemes of their own such as Cold Weather Payments, Winter Fuel Payments and the Warm Front Scheme. Please visit GOV.UK for more information on these and other schemes.