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5 tips for saving money on your heating bills

Posted by Heidi Mortlock on 10-Jan-2020 06:30:00

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With the cold weather more of a regular occurrence, it's at this time of the year where our heating bills escalate beyond our control.  Here are our top tips on how to save money on your heating bills.

 

1. Keep draughts at bay

Draughts can often lead to you either turning the heating up higher than it should be or your nice warm air escaping outside, either way, it could potentially cost you money. Identify where you have draughts and get some inexpensive draught excluders to resolve the issue and enjoy your warm home again.

 

2. Utilise your smart meter

If you are one of the households to have been provided with a smart meter by your energy provider, then utilise this to help manage your energy consumption. It can show you in real time how much energy you are using, helping you to make decisions about your energy use and become more efficient.

 

3. Claim your winter fuel payment

If you were born on or before 5 April 1954, you could get between £100 and £300 from the government to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. You can find more information about this here.

 

4. Insulate your home

Do you have sufficient insulation? The Energy Saving Trust recommends having 27 centimetres of insulation installed in your loft to get the maximum benefits.  You can get more information about how to insulate your home on the Energy Saving Trust’s website.

 

5. Switch your supplier

Are you paying the best price for your energy? Look into whether you could reduce your costs by switching supplier or speak to your current provider to find out if there is a cheaper tariff you could move to.

 

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Sources:

https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation

 

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