- Don’t be afraid to turn the heating on! Help may be available if you are struggling with costs,” says Ann Robinson at uSwitch. com. “Citizens Advice and Age UK can point you in the direction of financial assistance, or ask your gas and electricity supplier.” Contact Citizens advice on 0344 411 1445, www.citizensadvice.org.uk or Age UK: 0800 169 6565, www.ageuk.org.uk.
- Choose a fixed-rate tariff A fixed-rate ensures that your energy bills are future-proofed ahead of any unforeseen price rises. "Remember to check when the fixed deal is ending to avoid being put on a costly standard tariff," says Ann Robinson at uSwitch.com.
- Check price differences There’s £300 between the cheapest and most expensive tariff on the market. Smaller suppliers offer eight of the ten cheapest deals, with First Utility, Ovo and Extra Energy offering tariffs under £1,000.
- Save by switching Call Yours Switching on 0800 008 7777 or visit www.yours.co.uk/switching to check for the best deals on your gas and electricity. It’s a free service and could save you money.
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