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We all want to lower our energy bills, don’t we? Just look at last year’s energy bills and you might find you spent more on heating your house than you initially realised. Well, with another very cold December on the way, we look at how you can lower your heating bills and save money.

It’s not too difficult to save money on energy bills. There are a few things you can do – it just takes a bit of time, effort and determination to make sure you are using energy wisely and saving where possible. Take a look at the following tips below and start saving money right away.

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Switch suppliers

With so many utility switching companies around there’s never been a better time to compare prices and make that switch to a cheaper utility provider. If you’ve stuck it out with one energy company for too long, chances are that you’re paying over the odds and you could be saving money elsewhere. Switching to a new supplier with the help of ElectricityRates is one of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills right away.

You’ll need your most recent energy bill and bank details to be able to make the switch as smooth and seamless as possible. Switching is easy and you won’t be without energy at any time and the yearly savings could be as much as £250 per year. Whatever you do, make sure you use a comparison site that is Ofgem accredited.

Change the way you pay your energy supplier

It’s not common knowledge but payment methods such as prepayment meters or credit meters have a bearing on how much you will pay for energy. Prepayment meters charge more per unit than traditional credit meters. This is because energy suppliers think that those that are less eligible for credit pose a greater risk of going into debt than those who have a clear credit history. If you can switch to a better payment method, you’ll save quite a bit of money.

An easy way of paying is to set up a direct debit – it’s usually cheaper than waiting for a bill to arrive and you’ll never have to worry about missing a payment. For gas and electricity combined you could easily save up to £60 a year. Another idea is to manage your payments online which makes life much easier for busy homeowners.

Boost your homes energy efficiency

There are savings to be made by implementing a few low-cost measures to your property in order to lower your energy bills. A well-insulated home is crucial to saving energy bills and by retaining as much heat as possible, you’ll take a big step towards being green and saving a few extra pounds along the way. It’s important to seal around window frames and over any other gaps around edges of doors. Fitting a flap over any keyholes and draught proof strips to the bottom of doors is also a good idea. Other important areas where you can draught-proof are chimneys, loft hatches and in between floorboards. Additionally, you can see if you have wall insulation and loft insulation and enquire about any grants that you might be eligible for.

Make sure your heating is in good condition

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your energy bills remain as low as possible is to ensure your heating is in good condition. You should schedule a competent gas engineer to ensure your boiler is in good condition and provide a service if necessary. A regular boiler service is the best way to ensure your boiler is working at it’s most efficient. An older boiler should be replaced with a new boiler, but bear in mind, the cost can sometimes be prohibitively high.

Try and change your habits

It might sound a little obvious but the less energy you use, the less you’ll have to spend on your bills. Depending on how determined and resolute you are, this could prove difficult for you. However, there are a few tips to help you make life easier and stop you wasting energy.

A quick solution is to start turning your heating thermostat down by 1 degree at a time until you find a temperature you are happy with. Put your appliances into Eco mode. Change any non-energy saving lightbulbs over and go green. Every little helps. Another idea is adding a smart thermostat that will help you stay green and waste less energy while adding the convenience of being able to control your heating from your phone when you’re away from home.

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