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Are you making the most of winter warmers?

Are you making the most of winter warmers?

Category: Gas and electricity

Updated: 02/11/2015
First Published: 02/11/2015

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Now that we have finally slipped into November there is a definite chill in the air, and that means more of us are going to give in and turn on the heating. But turning up the thermostat means a spike in energy bills – so what else can you do to stay warm without getting an overheated bill?

Get cosy

Well, it seems as though more and more of us are becoming smarter when it comes to staying warm during the winter months, with many Brits turning to age-old cosy comforts to stay snug and keep bills down.

Indeed, according to research by TopCashback, an overwhelming 81% of respondents said that they use winter warmers to keep the chill off, with 84% of these turning to extra layers and 64% stocking up on blankets. Another 24% said that they dug out a hot water bottle to stay warm and reduce their energy use.

"Energy costs rise during the colder months as cravings for warmth grow and central heating systems are awoken from their summer hibernation, but our research shows Brits are becoming crafty with ways to keep their gas and electricity bills as low as possible for as long as possible," commented Natasha Rachel Smith of TopCashback. "[After all,] sitting in front of the TV, wrapped up in a blanket with a hot chocolate makes for a cheaper, and much nicer, winter setting than sweltering with the heating on full blast."

So, are you making the most of the available winter warmers to keep your bills to a minimum? If not, it may be time to start! Investing in cosy jumpers, getting draught excluders and putting a thermal lining on curtains can all help to keep heat in and reduce energy use, so it may be worth splashing out on a few cosy comforts, especially as they will come in useful next year. You can also save energy but stay warm by only turning on radiators in rooms that are occupied and closing doors between rooms.

Get the best deal

Another way to keep your bills down is to make sure your energy supplier is giving you the best deal. If not, it's time to switch! Moving supplier may make a significant difference to your bill size, so it's definitely worth shopping around. You can use our comparison tool to start your research, so why not take a look and see how much you can save?

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