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With prices increasing all the time, many people are eager to save money on their energy bills. By making a few savvy changes to your current deal, you can avoid the price hikes and actually reduce the amount you’re spending on gas and electricity. Try the following tips and see how much you can save…
Install A Smart Meter
Although some people are wary of smart meters, they can significantly reduce your expenditure. By allowing you to keep an eye on the amount of electricity you’re using, they enable you to reduce your consumption and, therefore, help to cut costs.
Change To A Fixed Deal
Even though energy companies like to increase their prices on a regular basis, you could avoid higher bills by opting for a fixed price deal. With prices set for a fixed amount of time, you won’t be caught out by sudden price increases, and this can help you to manage your monthly budget more accurately. While the biggest savings can be found on long-term fixed price deals, you can still make a considerable saving by choosing a twelve-month fixed term offer. It’s always worth checking out.
Insulate Your Home
Properly insulating your home can reduce your energy costs dramatically, and you could save hundreds of pounds per year. Cavity wall and/or loft insulation ensures your home doesn’t waste the energy it’s using. By retaining heat, you’ll use less energy overall and your outgoings should reduce accordingly. What’s more – many energy firms offer insulation services at a reduced rate so you can grab a bargain and save money in the long-term.
Maintain Your Property
If your home is in need of maintenance work, you may notice that your bills are steadily increasing. An outdated boiler is unlikely to be energy efficient, for example, and this will maximise the amount you’re spending on energy costs. While the cost of a new boiler is an expenditure you can probably do without, investing in an energy-efficient boiler could save you money in the long run. Of course, there are other ways to make the most of your existing fixtures. Flushing your radiators regularly ensures they are working to maximum capacity, which means you won’t need to have the heating on for as long as usual. Similarly, replacing window seals and repairing cracks in the wall helps to retain heat within the property and allows you to reduce your energy usage.
Use Price Comparison Sites
Reducing your energy bills means staying ahead of the game, so you’ll want to look out for the best deals available. Switching your supplier regularly means you can take advantage of the lowest rates, and it’s easy to find out what’s on offer by using price comparison websites like moneypug. Make frequent searches to see who’s offering the best deals so you’re ready to make the switch when you’re current contract comes to an end.
Check Your Benefit Entitlement
Many people are eligible to receive a winter fuel benefit but they don’t always realise that they’re entitled to make a claim. Currently, you can claim winter fuel benefit if you’re receiving other benefits or if you’re over a certain age, and there are additional payments available in the event of exceptionally cold weather.
As you can see, it need not take you lots of energy to save a lot on your energy bills!