Switching Suppliers

 

Switching your energy suppliers is one of the best ways to reduce your gas and electricity bills. If you are on a standard tariff with your supplier it is likely to be more expensive than a fixed term deal.

CABThere are plenty of switching websites out there and accredited ones can be found at the Citizens Advice Bureau website.

Remember, before switching:

  • Check if your current supplier charges an early exit fee/cancellation charge
  • If you change your mind there is a 14 day cooling off period – just contact your new supplier to let them know
  • If you are happy with your current supplier, contact them to ask about cheaper tariffs
  • If you have a token or card meter an estimate of your energy usage will be asked for – you can even switch if you have a small debt on your meter

Thought about a smart meter?

Energy companies are rolling out smart meters over the next four years to replace traditional gas and electricity meters.sm

These new devices measure and display how much energy you use in in your home and automatically send readings to your suppliers.

It means the end to estimated bills and people coming into your home to take readings. With a smart meter you can also better see how much energy you are using.

Every household in the UK will be offered free installation of a smart meter and handset and your supplier will be in touch about when they will be coming to your area. It is your choice whether you want one fitted or not.

The new meters are widely seen as a good way of keeping track of your energy usage and according to the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change you could save an estimated £26 per year.

For more information visit www.smartenergygb.org

Water meter

Use Yorkshire Water’s online water calculator to see if you can save money by changing to a water meter: www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/water-calculator.

Follow these tips to save water at home:

  • Save £5 per person on fuel and water bills by taking a shower rather than a bath
  • Save £6 and over 6 litres of water per minute by turning off the tap when you brush your teeth
  • Save £15 by turning down your washing machine to a 30 degree wash and only ever washing a full load

Find more water saving tips and order your free water saving pack online at www.yorkshirewater.com/savewater