Want to take control of your rising
Three of the “big six” energy suppliers have all increased their
gas and electricity tariffs in recent weeks. You may be a little
nervous about the inconvenience of paying more for your energy
bills, especially with the current cold weather. Here is some
information on the recent price increases and where you can go for
So, first some facts...
The three companies who’ve already put up their prices are:
British Gas, Scottish & Southern and Scottish Power.
British Gas has imposed a 7% electricity price increase and 7% gas
price increase. This means paying £39 more on your electricity bill
over the year. And £43 more a year on top of your gas bill.
Scottish Power has increased electricity prices by 8.9% and 2%
increase on gas prices. Meaning if you’re a Scottish Power
customer, you’ll have to pay £50 more for electricity and £12 more
for gas - per year.
Scottish & Southern energy has increased their gas prices by
9.4%, costing you an extra £50 on gas bills per year.
EDF has frozen their energy tariffs until March. This means no
increased prices during the months when you’re using (and need)
more gas and electric! But they might still go up
All other companies have not yet announced what they plan to
Now to combat those energy price rises!
There is not much you can do about rising energy prices. However
you can take control of your energy use and the efficiency of your
home. Take a look at the following options to help cut your energy
Around half of heat loss in a typical home is through the walls
and loft so it's worth checking whether yours are insulated.
Insulation is a cheap and effective way of beating those energy
bill rises. There are a variety of options available for different
housing types. Visit the Energy Saving Trust website or call
0800 512 012 for more information.
Get a grant or discount
There are personalised grants and offers to help make installing
energy saving measures, like insulation, affordable. For more
information on the help available to heat your home visit http://www.direct.gov.uk/ or check
out the grants and discounts database available on the Energy
Saving Trust website.
Know your boiler and heating controls
Boilers account for around 60% of what you spend in a year on
energy bills, so getting an efficient boiler can make a big
difference. Knowing how to use your boiler efficiently will also
help you reduce the cost of your energy bills. For more information
on how to use heating controls visit http://www.centralheating.org.uk/
or call the Energy Saving Trust advice centre on 0800 512 012 for
Get even more information!
You can get free and impartial advice from Energy Saving Trust
advice centres by calling: 0800 512 012. Also, why
not visit the
Money Made Clear website for information on the benefits and
grants that are available to help you with your fuel costs.
Information was taken from Energy Saving Trust website www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.