We have put together our top tips on ways to save money on your gas bill.
Reduce your gas usage
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Several companies offer energy tracking services so you can be more aware of your gas consumption, and there are many ways you can reduce your gas usage.
If your shower is heated by gas, take shorter showers – try having a shower while listening/singing to your favourite song and you could be in and out in under 4 minutes! Turning the thermostat down a couple of degrees can save a fortune on central heating.
It may also be worth investing in an electric blanket or only having the radiators switched on in rooms that are being used. Or put an extra jumper on!
You may also want to consider insulating your home. Simple ideas include putting draught excluders at the bottom of all doors, always closing the curtains in the evening and adding reflective panels behind radiators.
You could also ensure you have double glazing or have your loft, walls, floors, tanks and pipes professionally insulated. The steep initial financial outlay will be cost-effective in the long run.
Dramatic as it may sound, it may also be worth considering replacing your boiler if you have a really antiquated one.
The biggest savings on your gas bill can probably be made by switching to a cheaper supplier. Popular energy price comparison websites include uSwitch, Go Compare and Confused.
It’s pretty straightforward to switch and doesn’t take very long – you will just need to be armed with up-to-date meter readings. You may also find that your current company may offer you a better deal to tempt you to stay with them.
Pleading phone call
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If you don’t want to switch to a new company, you can always try calling your existing supplier and asking if there is anything they can do to reduce the cost.
They might be able to put you on a cheaper tariff, especially if you can claim long-term loyalty and regular payments. It’s also worth asking if they will put you on a fixed deal to avoid future price hikes.
You may be surprised to learn its often cheaper to pay for gas bills by monthly direct debit rather than paying by cash, cheque or annually.
Submit regular readings
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Remember to submit regular meter readings to ensure your monthly payment is as accurate as possible, so you’re not stung with a giant bill at the end of the year or a dramatic increase in your direct debit amount.
It’s really easy to submit a meter reading and most companies have an app you can download to your smartphone or tablet – for example the First Utility app claims to ‘save you energy and money’.
It enables you to quickly submit meter readings, view past readings, view monthly statements, monitor your energy usage and also has a helpful energy saving tips page.
Did you know that if you have accumulated a substantial credit on your account, you are legally entitled to request a refund.
Help for the elderly
The government has a winter fuel benefit scheme in which people aged 61 or over can claim an annual tax-free benefit towards energy bills – make sure this is not being missed!
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