Most households will see an increase in prices from 1 October. If you are unsure of your tariff, please check your bill or ask your supplier so you are prepared.
How you can reduce your energy bills
There are ways to reduce how much electricity and gas you use. For example:
- Switch your appliances off standby
- Use your washing machine more carefully — wash at 30 degrees and only when you have a full load
- Turn down your thermostat by one degree – aim for between 18°C and 21 °C
- Draught-proof and block cracks throughout your home
- Insulate your hot water cylinder
- Boil only the amount of water you need in your kettle
- Close curtains at night to contain the heat
- For more tips on the Energy Saving Trust website.
Support to help you pay your bills?
If you’re struggling to pay your energy bill, contact your supplier. They have to help you find a solution. They can put you on a payment plan which takes into account what you can afford.
Grants and benefits available:
- Energy Bills Support Scheme – every household gets £400 over 6 months from October. No action needs to be taken so please watch for scams.
- Winter Fuel Payment – £300 per household if you were born on or before 26 September 1956
- Warm Home Discount – £150 a year if your supplier has an open scheme and you are eligible
- Priority Services Register – register if you are eligible
- See more advice on the Ofgem website
Citizens Advice is here to help too
Citizens Advice can help you understand your energy bills, advise you on ways to reduce your debt by budgeting and checking your benefit entitlements.
For further advice visit citizensadvicewestoxon.org.uk or call Freephone 0808 278 7908