How to reduce your energy bill


No one wants to spend more money than they have to, but it's not easy to keep on top of all our outgoings, especially as we get older.

Age UK offers advice and support for those that need some help reducing their energy bills - learn how to cut your bills and still stay warm.

Speak to suppliers

First and foremost, to see if you can save on your energy costs, speak to your current supplier. Your supplier will offer a range of deals, some of which may work out cheaper for you - there is no harm in asking.

You may save more money by changing supplier completely. You can use an Ofgem-accredited price comparison website to help you compare deals across a range of suppliers. Many of these websites have a telephone service if you prefer to talk to someone rather than do it online. If you're switching suppliers, your new supplier will contact your current one to carry out the switch. It normally takes 17 or 18 days, which includes a two-week 'cooling-off period', in case you change your mind and you want to cancel the switch.

Energy-saving tips

Once you have a tariff that you are happy with, there are still ways to further reduce your energy bills.

  • Keep an eye on your lights - turning them off when you leave a room or when you don't need them. However, don't risk your safety - keep stairs and other areas well lit to reduce the risk of falling.
  • Switch your traditional light bulbs to LED bulbs.
  • Switch off appliances when they are not in use, rather than leaving them on standby.
  • Cut down your water bill by taking a shower instead of a bath.
  • Fix any dripping taps.
  • Do the washing up in a bowl rather than under running water.
  • Control the temperatures in your home by using thermostats and timers to heat your home without wasting energy.
  • Turn radiators off in rooms that you don't use such as; spare bedrooms.
  • Keep radiators and heaters clear so that hot air can circulate.
  • Run the washing machine at a lower temperature to save energy.

If you need help with your energy bills, ask a loved one to help you, or you can seek further guidance from AgeUK.

Source: Energy advice for older people | Age UK