Other ways to save money on electric and gas bills
Apply for a Warm Home Discount
You may be eligible for a rebate on your utility bills. One way to find out is ot visit the gov.uk website and apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. By applying, you could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2015 to 2016.
While you don't receive the discount as a payment, the amount can be deducted from your electricity bill, usually between September and March.
You may qualify for the discount if on 12 July 2015 all of the following applied:
- your electricity supplier was enrolled in the scheme
- your name (or your partner’s) was listed on the bill
- you received the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)
If you don't meet this criteria, you may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if:
- you’re on a low income
- you get certain means-tested benefits
Check with your supplier to see if you’re eligible.
Apply for free home insulation
For a limited time, British Gas are offering free loft and wall cavity insulation to thousands of households across the UK, and yours could be one of them. This is being done as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme set out by the government.
Insulating your home can save you over £100 every year, as it prevents heat escaping through the loft and wall cavities. If less heat is escaping, you may find that you don't need to use your heating appliances as much, which could save more money. Read our blogpost on MoneyAware for more information.