Haven’t switched gas and electricity provider for more than 6 years? You’ve missed savings the same as 6 months’ worth of food shopping! Use Big Energy Saving Week 2018 as an excuse to save money.
I know there are a lot of you how have switched energy providers. There are quite a few who haven’t just switched once, but do it every year.
What worries me is everyone else ☹
Over one third of the country has not switched their energy provider or their tariff in the last 6 years.
In terms of money, that’s the same as 6 months’ worth of food shopping!
Now you know that the weekly supermarket shop is expensive, so when you know you could have saved half a year’s worth of food money, that must really get you thinking!
Getting a deal at the supermarket is something I’m very keen on. It’s not just me that likes a bargain as a YouGov survey by the Energy Saving Trust has shown that 41% of us will visit multiple supermarkets to get a good deal on our weekly food shop.
But, this isn’t the same for energy suppliers as people are not shopping around! Worse still, millions of households are on the more expensive Standard Variable Tariff so could even save money by staying with their current provider and just asking to move to a cheaper tariff!
Please, please, please, stop reading this now.
While I love to have you on the site, reading ways to save money on just about anything, today is the day you need to save money on your energy bill.
Take 10 minutes right now to switch your energy provider.
Click >> here << and start the process of saving money.
Don’t put it off anymore – use the Big Energy Saving Week as the excuse to cut back on your bills.
But, isn’t it a right faff to switch?
Nope, not at all!
Switching is easy, quick and pain free. The only thing that’s annoying is you’ll just wish you did it sooner!
Make sure you use a free and impartial energy price comparison like the tool run by Citizens Advice.
They will give you the best results based on the savings you can make, rather than other comparison tools who show you selected energy providers (who earn them the best commission).
When you switch, the Energy Switch Guarantee means it will only take 21 days to move from one provider to the next.
During this time, there is no interruption to your gas or electricity supply. Everything carries on as normal and you won’t notice any difference, other than more money in your bank each month.
A third of people think that there’s no point switching because “all suppliers are the same” but that’s just a big fib! All suppliers supply the same gas and electricity, it’s just some are far cheaper!
Carry on saving
If you’ve been switching regularly then you’ve been able to make savings of up to £300 a year already on your gas and electricity bill.
There are still lots of other ways to save though 😊
You could save a further £586 a year by making just a few changes to what you do around your home.
A very simple way to save is to just not just energy. Switching off a light when you leave a room will save you money.
You will save more energy switching off a light off, even if it’s just for a few seconds, than it takes the light to start up again. It doesn’t even matter what kind of bulb you have.
Just switch everything off standby. Your toaster, the kettle, your phone charger – what else do you leave turned on?
Add turning the plugs off to your routine before you go to bed or before you leave the house and you can save £30 a year on your bill.
When your light bulbs blow next, swap them for LEDs.
You’re able to get energy efficient bulbs in all shapes and sizes so there’s no reason not to switch.
When it comes to the kitchen, you can save £25 a year using a bowl in the sink instead of running the tap, you can save £7 a year filling the kettle with amount of water you actually need to use and you can save a further £5 a year cutting your washing machine by one cycle a week.
It may only be a few quid here and there but it certainly all adds up.
That cold draft from under the door or the blast of air down your chimney is costing you money.
By draft proofing windows, doors and blocking any cracks in your floor and skirting boards can save £25 a year on your energy bills.
Get the draft well and truly excluded by installing a chimney draft excluder and save another £15 a year.
Spend just one less minute in the shower a day and you can save £7 a year, per person. You’ll also see a further £12 saved on your annual water and sewerage bills.
For a family of four, that’s around £80 a year saving. Just remember to set an alarm before you head into the shower.
You may already have a thermostat and radiator valves, but are you using them correctly? If you use the controls efficiently for each room then you can save around £75 a year.
On top of that, by turning your room thermostat down by one degree can save you another £80 a year.
Love taking a shower? Simply change the shower head to a water efficient one and use will reduce the amount of hot water you use, but still get a powerful shower.
You can save £75 on your gas costs for heating the water and save a further £120 on your water bill (if you have a water meter).
Win with Big Energy Saving Week
Now you’ve saved money, it’s time to win!
There’s not one but two competitions running during Big Energy Saving Week.
You’ve got a chance to win…..drum roll please….
Enter the Big Entergy Saving Week quiz for your chance to get your hands on £1,500 cash!
If you haven’t switched your energy provider or tariff in the last 6 years that you could be £1,500 down.
Don’t fret, make the money back by trying out this quiz.
£899 fridge freezer
Your current fridge freezer may make your food cold, but it could be burning a hole in your pocket.
Upgrading your appliance to an energy efficient model will see you save money.
Don’t splash out the cash, but try to win one instead!
Head over to the Energy Saving Trust Facebook page for your chance to win a £899 retro-styled energy efficient fridge freezer from luxury appliance brand Gorenje.
And remember, go and see how much of a saving you could make by switching energy providers.
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Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.