Finding cheaper tariffs
The Lincolnshire Energy switch can help. Sign up to find out if, and how much, you could save by switching. There is no obligation to switch, but if you do it is all done for you.
Energy bill discount
The Warm Home Discount requires the big suppliers, by law, to help vulnerable customers pay for energy. Those who get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, are on a low income, and meet their energy supplier’s criteria are eligible to get a £140 rebate on energy bills this winter.
Debt and purchasing essential appliances
Some energy providers offer an energy fund scheme. This can include both grants to help cover energy arrears, and (sometimes) Further Assistance Payments to contribute towards things like white goods, boiler repairs or funeral costs. Apply via these links: British Gas Energy Trust / EDF Energy Trust / E.on Energy Fund / Npower Energy Fund / Scottish Power Hardship Fund.
Understanding your bill
Energy bills can be confusing. You may find the video on the Energy Saving Trust Energy Quick Wins page useful.
Estimated bills are likely to be overestimated so submit regular meter readings to your supplier.
Use your energy efficiently
Switch off everything that uses energy whenever you are not using it, whether it’s an electrical appliance or your heating.
Set your heating programmer
Many use their thermostat as the on/off switch for their heating and are increasing their energy bills. Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature for you. Between 18-19oC, unless you have vulnerable people in the house then set it at 20-21oC. This Energy Saving Trust video is a useful guide.
Set your heating programmer to;
- come on an hour before you get up
- go off an hour before you leave the house
- come on an hour before you return home
- go off a hour before you go to bed.
Modern boilers have an built-in function to come on by themselves if the temperature drops and pipes may freeze so there is no need to set your heating to come on for this.
This Energy Saving Trust video is a useful guide to using your boiler heating system.