Saving money on your energy bills
Gas and electricity bills can be expensive, but lighting and heating your home is a necessity. You might be worried about your next bill and find that you're struggling to pay for the amount of gas and electricity you use.
Tips for reducing your bills
Here's some tips on how you can reduce your energy bills while still keeping your home warm and comfortable.
- check that you are on the cheapest energy plan for your needs - speak to your energy provider or consider switching suppliers
- replace your light bulbs with energy efficient ones which use less electricity
- turn the lights off when you leave the room
- if you have a hot water cylinder, make sure its thermostat is set at 60°C
- don't leave appliances on standby or continually charge your mobile - when you've finished using something, turn it off
- when cooking, remember to put the lids on saucepans. Your food will cook more quickly, saving energy
- don't leave the fridge door open longer than necessary
- defrost your freezer regularly to keep it running efficiently
- only run the washing machine or dishwasher when you have a full load
- set the temperature on your washing machine to 30°C for most everyday laundry
- take short showers instead of running a bath
- fix dripping taps as soon as possible. One dripping hot water tap can waste the same amount of water as a hot bath in a week
- get your boiler and other appliances serviced regularly to make sure they're running efficiently and safely
People with disabilities or health problems may be able to claim a Disabled Facilities Grant towards the cost of work will make their home warmer and more energy-efficient.
The Money Advice Service offers the following advice:
The government have produced a leaflet called Help towards lower bills and warmer homes with all the information which you need.
MSE’s Academy of Money - Free course to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances. The course was written by The Open University, with MoneySavingExpert providing support and guidance.
Ofgem regulates the electricity and gas markets in Great Britain. They have information on how to :
- make sense of your current energy bill
- switch energy supplier and shop for a better deal
- find Ofgem accredited price comparison sites
Westminster Citizen's Advice have a variety of resources on how to manage utility bills :
- Winter Warmth Presentation
- What to do if you're struggling to pay your energy bills
- Step-by-step guide to saving energy in your home
- Check, Switch & Save now
Energy Saving Trust has a wealth of information on how to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your fuel bills. Visit their website or call their advice line on 0300 1231234
Uswitch gives independent advice on switching energy providers and finding the best tariff for you.
You may also find it helpful to look at our page on Winter fuel payments.
Hammersmith & Fulham
The Green Doctor supports residents of Hammersmith & Fulham who live in homes to help make your home warmer, saving you money and improving your health. Green Doctor visits provide guidance on efficient energy usage in the home, understanding heating systems and installation of small energy measures.
Kensington and Chelsea
The Healthy Homes Hotline helps people who are having difficulty keeping their homes warm or keeping up with their energy bills.
Tel 0808 202 6204
The Homes4Health service supports residents of Kensington and Chelsea who live in homes where there are problems with cold, poor insulation or damp, dangerous electrical installations, broken steps or banisters, or other issues which could pose a risk to the health of residents.
They can offer information and advice, refer you to other services and in some cases may be able to access grants to help you to improve the condition of your home.
Westminster Council offers practical support and advice on how to keep your home warm
They also have produced an advice leaflet for people who are struggling to pay their fuel bills and to stay warm.