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Most suppliers offer up to four tariffs for gas and four for electricity, along with discounts for managing your account online or choosing a 'dual fuel' deal.
Once a year your energy supplier should tell you which tariff is cheapest for you. If your circumstances change in the meantime, call your supplier to discuss your options.
The way you pay your bill can also make a difference. For example, most suppliers offer a discount for paying your bill by direct debit. On average it is £100 cheaper per year to pay by monthly direct debit than paying by cash or cheque.
You may also get discounts for receiving bills online, as this cuts down on paper and reduces costs for the supplier, and is good for the environment.
Contact your supplier directly to find out if there is a better way for you to pay, and that might save you money.
Making sure you are receiving all help you are entitled to will make paying for fuel bills and other household expenses easier.
If you're looking to switch supplier, you can use one of the many energy comparison websites. We recommend using one that is signed up to Ofgem's Confidence Code. You can find more information on Ofgem approved energy comparison sites at GoEnergyShopping.co.uk.
If you don't have internet access you can phone the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 040506. They will send you a factsheet with the deals available in your area.
To make sure you get the best deal, you’ll need to know:
My Home Energy Switch is a free energy supply service from the National Housing Federation which can help tenants to reduce their energy bills. Simply call 0800 0014 706 or visit their website with your postcode and a current energy bill to hand.
If you are struggling to pay your energy bills, or simply want to make sure that you are getting all the financial help you are entitled to, your local Citizens Advice Bureau can help you to check that you are not missing out on any benefits or tax credits that could boost your income.
You may be eligible for between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 May 1953. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. Call the winter fuel helpline number on 03459 15 15 15 to find out more.
Some people who receive benefits can also get a Cold Weather Payment of £25 if the temperature drops below freezing in their local area for seven days in a row. You don't need to apply – if you are eligible it will be paid automatically in the same way that people receive their benefits.
If you are in debt with your energy supplier, they are obliged to help you set regular repayment amounts to cover your energy usage and debt at a level which you can afford. You should call them immediately to arrange a payment plan. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau will be able to help you manage your debt. You can find details of your local bureau on their website or call their Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040 506.
If you live in Northern Ireland, call the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland on 0800 121 6022.
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