Cheapest UK Gas and Electricity Deals (as at 8.2.12)
iSave Fixed v1 (fixed until May 2013)
New Energy Fixed (fixed for 12 months)
Online Fixed Price Energy May 2013 (Fixed until May 2013)
Go Fix 10 (Fixed until 8.4.13)
SOURCE: energyhelpline.com *Average saving based on OFGEM average bill of £1,322. All costs are for a yearly average usage dual fuel household paying by monthly direct debit. Average usage defined by Ofgem as 16,500 kWh p.a. of gas and 3,300 kWh p.a. of electricity.
Whilst you want your home to be a comfortable temperature, it doesn't need to be at 'Hawaiian' level on the thermostat! Putting on an extra layer can certainly take the edge off the cold and mean that you can keep the thermostat lower. Switching down the thermostat by just 1 degree, can slash your heating bill by 10%!
Set up your heating to come on for an hour or two before you get up, and again for an hour or two before you get home. That way, it's not on all day, but you feel the benefit when you get out of bed or come home.
Close doors, and try to stay in one room. Turn radiators down in rooms you don't use very much.
Close curtains when it gets dark, and even consider leaving them closed while it's very cold, in rooms you don't use often (such as a spare bedroom). Check for draughts around windows, doors and other openings. Can these gaps be plugged? A small outlay at a DIY store could save you much more over the course of a year.
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