Fuel for Thought Keeping the Bills Down and Maybe Getting 130 Credit in the Process

28 February, 2016

With November rapidly approaching, a cold snap expected and news coverage a-plenty on the dreary subject of fuel price increases, I thought saving money while keeping warm would be a topical subject for today’s blog!

Firstly, check out whether you’re eligible for the Warm Homes Discount –  it’s £130 cashback for making a phone call.  Here’s a leaflet giving you the phone numbers for each of the providers.  Just ring yours and ask about it.  Couldn’t be simpler.  If you are considering changing providers, don’t do it until you’ve had your discount.

On the subject of swapping providers, I know that there’s been a lot of national press coverage about price hikes, but be careful when you are considering a swap.  It’s good to be proactive about it, but before you change, make sure that the one you want to swap to has already introduced their increases – otherwise, you’re not getting a fair comparison. 

Just visit http://www.moneysupermarket.com/gas-and-electricity/.  It’s handy to have read your meter immediately beforehand, as you’ll probably need your current reading to do a comparison.  Sometimes, you don’t even need to change providers – just making sure that you are on the most cost effective tariff with your own current provider can add up to a great saving.

My three top practical tips for saving money on fuel are:

1/ Wearing several layers to trap the warm air

2/ Making sure that you are having hot drinks throughout the day

3/ When you are cooking something in the oven, fill it up to maximise the fuel that you’re using.  For instance, if you’re doing a chicken, why not put spuds in too, or even tomorrow’s dinner as well as today’s?

Ok, that’s me done for now – just off to check my own fuel provider’s still the best deal for me!

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