A news article this week from The Telegraph is signalling the end of 28 different energy tariffs here in the UK, which will result in a not so nice hike for many people. If you’re subject to one of these rises, chances are you’ll be looking to save as much as possible. The good news is that you can start saving money on your bills today without even having to get in touch with your provider. All it involves is following some simple tips.
If you’ve read the article (if you haven’t it is right here) you’ll have seen that one of the big issues is the supposed convenience customers were meant to get under Ofgem changes a few years ago now resulting in one big problem: you could potentially be moved on to a standard tariff rather than one that suits your needs. Undoubtedly this will cause a massive headache for many who may have not wanted to spend the start of summer reading over dozens of different websites and articles in the paper wondering what the best option out there is.
The best thing to know from the offset is that starting today (Monday 11th April at time of writing) you can get out of your tariff without having to fear the dreaded exit fee. Anyone who’s had to spend time on the phone with their provider, or a certain well known satellite TV provider, will know of the dread that comes with trying to get out of a contract without having to incur seemingly innocuous fees, which are commonly in the £25-£60 area. Good news for anyone facing this unwanted charge is knowing that you can shop around right now and not have to pay these with a window of roughly 50 days in front of you (although you really should plan ahead now to leave yourself as much leeway as possible come June).
Our top tip right out the gate to save yourself money is simply to lift the phone and have a good chat with your provider, making sure you have a pen and a paper handy, and go in to your conversation with a positive attitude. Instead of complaining or going down the “can I speak to a supervisor” route, simply state that you want to know what tariffs your current provider can give you now that they’ve changed it. Jot down upfront figures and ask out of the gate if your provider can beat competitors. The object here is to do a bit of low balling. Tell the person you’re talking to that you’ve had a look around online and seen some cheaper options. If possible, request a callback from your company to discuss your options. This is something many people don’t know about either and it can work in your favour.
There are a few simple facts too that can help with any conversation you have over the phone when talking to your existing energy provider or a prospective company.
- The average annual bill for a UK household is £750
(That’s £62.50 a month and was based off research carried out at houses in Gravesend for a year’s study)
- Ask if there are any cash back options on certain tariffs
(many people don’t know this is the case for a lot of dual fuel users)
- Direct Debits are usually cheaper
(Overpayments are refundable as long as you keep track of the meter)
- Ask about fixed rates
(A good customer is a paying customer for many energy firms, so a yearly fixed rate can see good savings)
- The average house now uses 69% less energy than it did in 1990
(If you’re a stat heavy kind of person, the government recently released a fact sheet on domestic heating you can read here)
Of course before even picking up the phone or getting your laptop out for a good browse in the evening, it is worth time having a look around the house for some simple ways to cut down on the last bill before your tariff changes in the summer. Thanks to Trade Radiators, we’ve been able to share this great infographic highlighting some of the simple steps we can all take now that it’s Spring to dramatically cut down the amount of energy we’re using at home, and in turn, get those bills down too:
Now is the time of year to get the thermostat down and make sure that we don’t have half the windows in the house open while the radiators on still on fully in the bedroom. And as the image above points out, it’s probably the ideal time to do a bit of research in to getting cavity wall insulation and see what options you have to getting it done with a local government grant or for free (You’d rather have work on walls being carried out when it’s warm out, and not in the middle of winter)
Have you been luck enough to avoid getting stung so far by these changes to many popular energy tariffs? if so, get in touch and let us know if you’ve come across any tips or tricks we can share with our readers.
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