Behind rent or mortgage payments, spending money on energy is typically one of the biggest expenses for homeowners, and with rising tariffs people are looking for new ways to stretch their budget and keep costs down.
Whether you’re worried about staying warm in the winter or have noticed you’re spending more than you’d like on energy, the internet is a great place to search for better tariffs, discounts and government grants.
Reducing your energy costs
Switching energy providers is one of the most straightforward ways to reduce your energy costs – if you’re on the wrong tariff, changing to one that’s better suited to your lifestyle can make a huge impact.
Even when you’re happy with your energy provider though, energy bills can still be costly and many are finding them more burdensome as prices continue to rise. To help reduce your costs, services like the Energy Savings Trust is filled with impartial advice and can be a great resource to help you creatively manage your monthly bills. From the website you can find tools to help you take on everything from insulation to reducing your carbon footprint, which can both help with savings in the long run.
There are also a number of initiatives you can take at home to help you use less energy each month. By taking a close look at your insulation, upgrading your boiler, and switching to energy-saving light bulbs you can reduce wastage and make your home more efficient. Typically a small amount of effort or investment pays off in the long run – for more tips, websites like Energy UK have plenty of information about other things you can do.
There are also a number of government schemes and grants that can help you manage your costs or take on some home improvements. If you need help with heating costs, the government website has a simple energy grants calculator you can use to find out what you might be eligible for.
Age UK also offers its own tailored gas and electricity package for people aged 60 and over – the deal is provided through E-on and on the website you can also find information about home improvements worth £3,050 for energy saving that you could be eligible for which could significantly improve the amount of energy you’re using at home.
Comparing prices and tariffs is easier than ever with the help of online tools. Websites like Money Supermarket have detailed guides that make it easy to review suppliers and find news about price changes. There’s also an energy forum you can visit to discuss and share experiences with other homeowners who are looking for the best deals for their situation.
uSwitch is another comparison service that’s easy to use online; by typing in your postcode you can get an overview of the best tariffs in your area and directly compare each energy provider against one another. This website also has detailed profiles of each supplier and shows a customer rating, so you can get an indication of the company’s standard of customer service as well.
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