Thursday 29 December 2016
As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo weekly advice column this week we focus on cutting gas bills.
I’m worried by how much money I spend on gas. My home is draughty and I turn the heating on even in Summer. How can I cut my bills?
The good news is that there are a few different ways you can use less gas, and also pay less for what you use.
Start by finding out if you can get a lower price for your gas. Find a copy of your latest bill so you can see how much you’re paying per unit. Then use our free online energy price comparison tool (https://energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk/) to check if a different supplier is offering a cheaper deal.
If you do find a better offer, contact the new supplier and ask to move to the tariff you’ve identified. They’ll inform your old supplier and switch you over to their supply. This normally takes 17 days.
You should also look into improving your insulation, such as getting draught excluders or cavity wall insulation.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance to help you meet the cost of your bills, as well as any improvement works to your home.
For more information and advice go to www.citizensadvice.org.uk or telephone Citizens Advice Exeter on 03444 111 444.
Look out for our column next week when we focus on changes to New Year finances.
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