Five ways to reduce your gas bills
In the current economic climate it is important that everyone does all they can to keep their utility bills manageable. There are many ways in which you can keep these outgoings under control whilst also helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are just five of them:
1. Are you on the best available tariff?
Different energy tariffs are designed to suit different needs. Some suppliers, such as British Gas, has simplified tariffs to just two types - a variable tariff which changes price with the wholesale cost of energy, and fixed tariffs, which remain at the same rate for a set period of time.
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Which tariff you choose will depend on your situation but you should discuss your options with your provider.
2. Are you on the best payment type?
Paying by Direct Debit can have significant savings on other payment methods. Not only is it more convenient, as you don't have to worry about taking a bill to a bank or post office, but it also spreads the annual cost evenly across the year, thereby avoiding larger winter fuel bills that may result from heavier usage in cold weather.
3. Do you have insulation?
Heat loss from incorrect insulation can have a great impact on the environment as well as on your fuel bills. Older buildings in particular can benefit from simple, straightforward loft insulation and cavity wall insulation is another improvement which can be made with minimal mess or disruption.
If you do invest in insulation, it may be worth evaluating the size of your boiler as the National Energy Foundation claim such improvements could mean you need a smaller boiler than before, reducing your energy consumption and lowering fuel bills even further .
4. Does your boiler need replacing?
It's not just old or worn boilers that are inefficient, a boiler that is too small or too large for your home can have a negative impact on your fuel costs.
One of the reasons that British Gas is thought by many to be the best best UK energy supplier is that they're not just concerned with selling you a product but actually believe that helping you get the best deal is all part of a good customer relationship.
5. Do you have bad habits?
There are many ways in which you can save money by using energy more sensibly. For instance, if you boil water for cooking in the kettle instead of heating a pan on the stove it is more efficient and usually quicker too.