Energy bills can be costly, but there are a number of things that you can do to keep your prices as low as possible.
It doesn’t matter if you rent or own your home, provided that you pay for your gas and/or power, you need to be able to switch. If your landlord pays for your energy, then they have the right to choose the supplier. Some tenancy agreements may have clauses about switching, but should you pay for your energy, then you should have the ability to determine who to get gas or electricity from. If you’ve got a prepayment meter you need to be able to switch also, even if your accounts have negative accounts of up to #500 for energy and 500 for gas. If you’re not on a prepayment meter, then you will want to cover the balance before shifting. In case the balance has been billed to you although it’s your providers error as part of Energy backbilling, you do not need to cover. Learn More about the Ofgem website Pay by direct debit: It’s usually cheaper and means you won’t have to worry about missing payments.
There are loads of hints and tricks you can use to cut your intake. We’ve listed some below.
Make your house more eco friendly: Better insulation, a new boiler, solar panels… There are lots of choices out there which could help you save up to #250 each year. Keep reading to see whether you’re eligible for a government grant.
Shifting gas and electricity suppliers – the principles
Changing energy supplier is easier than ever and will save you hundreds of pounds on your energy bills.
The whole process shouldn’t take more than 21 days and you won’t be cut off at any given point. The only change you’ll see is a new supplier sending you your invoices (if you switch supplier) and reduced prices.
If you get a Warm Home Ignore, make sure that the supplier you’re switching to offers the discount. Find out more in our Help with heating costs section.