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Worried that you can’t afford your heating bills?

You may not be thinking of getting a good deal on your heating during the summer, but making sure you’re on a good deal now could help you save during the colder winter months.
We’ve put together a few helpful hints to make sure that heating your home is as efficient and inexpensive as possible.

Energy costs

Make sure you are on the best deal for your energy. There are plenty of comparison services that will compare energy prices online or over the telephone to make sure you are paying a fair price for your energy. Try contacting uSwitch on free phone 0800 051 5493 to check you are with the best provider and on the best tariff. They compare all energy suppliers simply and quickly to make sure you are getting the best price for your gas and electricity. You can also visit their website at www.uswitch.com

If you are happy with your energy supplier, make sure you are on the cheapest tariff that your energy supplier offers. You can do this by contacting your provider and asking about any alternative tariffs they offer. There are often discounts for managing your account online and paying by direct debit.
A few things you should consider before you switch are:

  • How long the contract lasts and if there are any early exit fees
  • What the cost of fuel is per unit
  • What payment methods are available
  • How often you will get bills and how often you need to provide meter readings

Energy efficiency tips

As well as ensuring you are the cheapest tariff available, making sure you are energy efficient in your home will help save money on your bills.

  • Turn the heat down: turning your heat down by just 1 degree could save you around £65 per year
  • Time it: use your heating timer to set the heating to come on and off at certain times
  • Wash wisely: clothes washed at 30 degrees with most types of detergent will come clean
  • See the light: fit energy saving light bulbs in your home and you could save over £30

Where to go for more help

If you are struggling to pay your bills make sure you contact your supplier as soon as possible as they may be able to help. Other sources of help include the Citizens Advice Bureau and charities such as Age UK.

Why not set up a saving account with your local credit union to make sure you have enough money to pay your bills on time? Have a look at our Benefits and Money Advice page.

And some ideas to help you save fuel in your car

  • Check your tyres are inflated properly. Under inflated tyres can increase the amount of fuel you use.
  • Change up gears between 2,000 and 2,500 revs.
  • Avoid harsh acceleration and braking.
  • Stick to the speed limit. Not only is it the law, it’s safer and uses less fuel.
  • Reduce drag by removing roof racks and bike racks from your car when you’re not using them.

For more information and advice view our videos and heating guides listed below:

New winter heating guides

Using a conventional boiler

Using a combi-boiler

Radiators and electric fires guide

Storage heater guide

Solid fuel heating guide