• Switch your energy supplier

One of the easiest ways to save money on your gas & electricity bill is to change your supplier. A study by Ofgem found that you could make annual savings of around £300, simply by comparing and switching supplier or energy tariff.

Click here to find out how much you could save by switching supplier

  • Pay by direct debit

You can save money on your energy bills by opting to pay via direct debit, rather than prepayment, cash or cheque. This is because most energy suppliers provide a discount to customers paying this way as a reward for the convenience of receiving a regular and frequent payment towards energy bills.

  • Use energy-saving light bulbs

Energy-saving light bulbs create the same light as ordinary bulbs, but use much less energy. Compact fluorescent (CFLs) bulbs last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs and don’t cost much more. Using one can save you around £55 over the lifetime of the bulb.

LED bulbs are even more efficient, but cost significantly more than CFLs. However, they can still end up saving you money over their lifetime.

Already use energy-saving bulbs? Remember to switch off lights when not in use, and use the most appropriate bulb for the size of room or the job it will do.

  • Turn down your thermostat

Reducing room temperatures by just 1ºC can cut your heating bill by 10%, saving up to £85 a year in a typical home, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

  • Install insulation

Insulating both your loft and cavity walls is another great way to trim your energy bills, as doing so reduces the amount of heat lost.

Already have insulation? Even if you already have some insulation, increasing the thickness could save you even more.

  • Install a new boiler

If you have an old boiler, upgrading to a new A-rated condensing boiler that comes with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls could reduce your energy bills by up to £652 per year.

However, a new boiler involves a significant initial outlay, so it may not be at the top of your list of things to do if you desperately need to save money.

  • Choose energy-efficient appliances

We wouldn’t recommend chucking out perfectly good appliances and replacing them with newer, more efficient models. However, when the time comes to replace appliances it’s really worth investing in one with a high energy-efficiency rating. For example, an A+++ fridge freezer will save you around £190 in energy bills over its lifetime compared to an A+ model.

  • Check if you’re eligible for a rebate or discount

There are a number of schemes on offer which can help you save money on your gas and heating bills, and some energy suppliers offer rebates and assistance to people who are of pensionable age, are disabled, have severe health problems or are on a low income.

Call your supplier to see if you qualify, or for more information contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline here

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