We’re ALWAYS telling you to switch supplier and use comparison sites to save on your energy and other bills, but if you really can’t be bothered (and lots of you tell us you can’t!) then there is another way to be a savvy saver without switching.
It’s to choose a new, rather clever tariff by E.ON which enables you to keep below the average price of gas and electricity and do it without having to keep switching each year.
Here’s what it is and how you can also make everyday savings elsewhere – i.e. be a savvy saver – without too much effort.
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Admittedly you’re unlikely to get the absolute cheapest deal with this tariff, but you will be guaranteed a rate that is lower than the average across the UK on this fixed term one year tariff.
The price offered to new customers changes daily, but once a customer signs up their price is capped at that price and will be reviewed every quarter. So if the market average goes down, so will their price. But if the market average goes up, customers won’t pay any more than the price they originally signed up to. checked by them each day. The tariff is called Cap and Track and you can find out about it here.
Essentially the Cap and Track tariff will put you on a lower rate than the national average cost for gas and electricity but it is capped at a certain rate so that even if the average bills go up around the country, yours won’t.
So you won’t get the absolute cheapest deal through the year but you will be guaranteed lower bills than the average and never higher than a certain level.
All of that without any effort on your part because E.ON does the work for you, checking rates every day and bringing your costs down if everyone else’s prices come down.
Switching to a cheaper gas and electricity tariff is always a good idea if you want to save money day-to-day on your utility bills.
However, there are lots of other ways you can be a savvy saver on your heating without effort.
It’s about changing a few habits and installing one or two simple heat-savers in your home.
Here are a a few ways you can literally save £100s on your heating bills over the year:
- Turn your thermostat down by 1˚C which could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and save you around £100 a year.
- Turn radiators down in rooms which you only use occasionally
- Switch your lights off when you’re not using them
- Turn appliances like TVs and phone chargers off at the wall rather than leaving them on standby when they’re not being used
- Replace normal light bulbs with energy efficient ones
- Regularly defrost your freezer to make sure it’s operating at full efficiency
- Draw curtains over windows at night to provide insulation for the room
- Move furniture away from radiators and heaters to allow heat to circulate around the room
Also, for a limited time, households across Britain can have cavity wall and loft insulation installed for free by E.ON, regardless of who their energy supplier is. The insulation would usually cost around £775, is being offered for free to all homeowners, landlords and private tenants who have their landlord’s permission. For more information about this limited time offer, visit eoninstall.com.
E.ON has also made a new reliable A-rated boiler affordable whether you’re an E.ON customer or not. That’s added warmth and value for your home with a range of finance options available at 0% APR representative up to a period of four years, to enable members to spread the cost of a new energy efficient gas boiler (E.ON Energy Installation Services ltd is a credit broker, not a lender).
make your own easy heat-hoarders
There are lots of things you can do around the home to make it cheaper to heat without effort.
As you can see in our popular article here on how to cut out the winter chills on a budget, just putting tin foil behind the radiators, making some thermal curtains (you can use a shower curtain!) and putting some cheap insulation tape around the windows and doors will make a huge difference.
Even if you’re not a super DIYer (and I’m not!) these are easy fixes that anyone can do.
save on heating bills by being green
As you can see from our article here on how to save on heating bills by being green, you can feel smug while saving yourself money! Help the planet with these green ideas and save yourself a bundle at the same time!
The article also has a list of potential grants you can get to make your home more energy-efficient. Admittedly there aren’t as many as there used to be (surprise, surprise) but it’s worth checking out. There are more in some parts of the country (Scotland and Wales particularly) but you never know. Take a look.
It’s also helpful to see what the Energy Saving Trust is suggesting. Its remit is to help us all save energy and, therefore, save money on our utility bills. See what they suggest to help you cut your costs here.
get a smart meter
Now this really is an easy win.
Smart meters are free to install and can help you bring your bills down because they show you, in real time, how much electricity you’re using at any one time.
It’s particularly helpful if you’re a family and you don’t know what the kids are doing upstairs. They could have all the electric fires on while they play video games all evening, using up more electricity than you could imagine.
To get a smart meter, all you need to do is to contact your energy provider and ask them to do it for you. If they can’t fit one for you right now, ask them to register your details so you can get one as soon as they’re available to you.
If you’re struggling because you’re on benefits, disabled or a pensioner remember there is extra, free help you can get with your heating bills.
warm home discount scheme
This is a Government scheme that could save you £140 on your annual heating bills.
It’s for people who are struggling to pay their bills because they’re on pension benefits or using a pay-as-you-go meter. Even if you’re not in either of these brackets it’s still worth applying if you’re having problems. You never know.
As you can see here, the money isn’t paid to you, it’s a one-off discount on your heating bills from October-March. It only applies to certain utility companies but you can see on the Gov.uk page if yours is in the list.
benefits for pensioners
Take a look at our very popular article, Benefits for the Over-60s, to see what other financial help you can get for your day-to-day bills – particularly your heating bills.
benefits for disabled people
Check out our article on Disability Benefits here to see if you qualify for certain benefits, including help with heating.
benefits for all
Two sites that are very helpful for finding out what benefits you could be entitled to right now – whatever your situation – are:
Both of them have calculators where you put in details of your age, situation, address, disabilities etc and it comes up with a list of benefits you are entitled to have. Check them out.
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