Ways to save money
Many people have already taken
advantage of great offers to save money on unnecessarily high
energy bills, by simply insulating their homes better.
Insulating your home is the most cost effective way to reduce
heat loss, lower energy bills and make your home feel warmer.
Cavity wall insulation can be installed within half a day and loft
insulation can be installed in just a couple of hours. And the good
news is that this is the perfect time to take advantage of great
discounted deals and grants, thanks to a Government backed scheme,
which ends in autumn 2012.
With these discounts, loft and cavity wall insulation can be
professionally installed for around £150 each, or for free if you
are on certain benefits. And with the savings on your energy bills,
the insulation will pay for itself within 1-2 years.
Many energy companies offer their customers free loft
and cavity wall insulation. Some energy companies will even install
it in your home if you are not their customer. Contact your
electricity or gas supplier to find out more.
Discounts are also available on DIY insulation, with a roll of
loft insulation from many high street retailers costing just a few
To find the best deals for your home visit the Energy Saving
Trust website, or call them for free on 0800 512 012.
The Energy Saving Trust are working with local councils to
provide free, independent and impartial advice to help you stay
warm for less this winter.
Other ways to stay warm for less
- Insulate hot water pipes and tanks
- Fit draught-proofing around doors and windows
- Replace old electrical appliances with A-rated new ones
- Check your water tank thermostat is set to 60˚C/140˚F
Switching to a cheaper energy provider
There are now a number of price comparison websites that make it
easy for you to find the best gas and electricity deals. According
to Ofgem (the energy regulator) customers that switch gas and
electricity could save up to £100 per year. The following switching
services have been accredited by Consumer Focus’ Confidence Code,
to guarantee that you'll get independent, accurate and up-to-date
information to help you choose the best deal.