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Why am I paying so much? 6 tips to reduce your energy bills

According to The Money Advise Service, the average gas and electricity bill is £104.50 per month, equating to £1254 per year.

The ever-rising cost of energy means it is more important than ever to find ways to keep your energy bills at a good level. We have compiled our top tips on how to reduce your energy bills.

Use Less Energy

 The easiest way to reduce your energy bill is to reduce your energy use! This may seem daunting, but you don’t need to sacrifice your comfort in order to cut costs.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, turning your thermostat down by just 1°C could cut 10% off your heating bill and using energy saving light bulbs (which last up to 10 times longer than regular ones) could save you around £55 per bulb over its lifetime.

  • Turning off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Washing your clothes at 30ºC instead of 40ºC.
  • Drying your clothes outside rather than in the tumble dryer.
  • Time your heating to come on when you need it. Change the settings so that your heating comes on in the morning when you wake up and when everyone is home at the end of the day.
  • Switch devices off rather than leaving them on standby.

Switch Energy Supplier

According to Ofgem, the average household could save approximately £300 per year by switching their gas and electricity supplier.

There are a range of comparison websites you can use, which make it easy for you to submit your typical usage and see the savings you could make if you choose a different provider.

Once you’ve requested the switch, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks to complete. Your existing and new providers may ask you for meter readings, but your energy supplier won’t be interrupted, and the only noticeable change will be a new, lower bill.

Get a dual fuel discount

Some homeowners choose to pay for their gas and electric bills separately, however we recommend seeing if you qualify for a dual fuel discount.

According to Which?, capped dual fuel bills can save you around £42 per year compared with the average Big Six standard variable tariff.

Pay by direct debit

Paying by direct debit isn’t just convenient; according to the Money Saving Expert.com, it can also be around 7% cheaper than other methods of payments, saving you up to £80 per year.

Make your home more energy efficient

Most properties will have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which contains energy efficiency information and any recommendations for improvements. You can look up your home’s EPC on the EPC register to see how you fair.

You can also get a free Home Energy Check from the Energy Saving Trust, and there are government grants available to help make your home more energy efficient – for example by;

  • Improving your insulation.
  • Installing solar panels.
  • Upgrading your boiler.

Even if you’re not eligible for a grant, you might still consider investing in an energy efficient boiler, as it will pay for itself within a few years with the money you will ultimately save on your heating bills.

Install a new boiler

You’d be surprised how much energy you can save by replacing your old, outdated boiler to a new device. According to Money Supermarket, a detached house upgrading from a G-rated boiler could save up to £300 per year.

Here at Range Heating, we offer frank and honest advice about energy efficiency. If you are considering installing an energy efficient boiler to reduce your energy bills, please call us today for a free consultation.

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