Energy Choices

Energy Choices

June 26, 2009 06:00 ET

Top Tips from Energy to Beat Energy Overcharging

A report out today claims the great British public is being overcharged by the energy giants to the tune of Pounds Sterling 1.66billion every year - has top tips to beat rising bills and information and advice on how to reduce your gas and electricity bills

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 26, 2009) - Watchdog Consumer Focus today said the big energy companies are failing to reflect lower fuel prices in the bills we all pay. commercial director Chris Eagle supports Consumer Focus' view and has valuable advice on cutting the cost of your energy bills.

Chris says: "Consumer Focus has today called on the energy companies to take action to cut the prices the consumer pays, now that the cost of wholesale energy has fallen sharply from last summer's highs. It has also said that if the suppliers can't be persuaded to pass on cuts, the government should step-in."

"Until then, is committed to doing all it can to help the public bring down their bills. We offer an energy comparison and switching service which clearly estimates how much money you could save if you picked the best deal for your area, based on your usage or size of property."

"For those who are concerned about green energy - we also show you how much renewable energy your new energy provider uses."

"The Energy Choices service is free to use and lets customers compare energy prices from all of the major UK suppliers; it's worth the minute it would take to enter your details to find out what your saving could be."

"Over the 60 days to 24 June customers using saved an average of Pounds Sterling 144.78 annually by switching to a better supplier for them. The maximum saving was Pounds Sterling 1,583."

Energy Choices' Chris Eagle also recognises the pressures high energy bills are putting on family life.

"Our users often contact us saying that they are worried about high energy bills, but there are things you can do to get your gas and electricity bills under control."

For this reason, we've come up with some top tips which will save you money on your energy bills immediately:

Top tips to save money on your energy bills:

- 1 Direct debit

Switch to paying for your energy by monthly direct debit and you could save around Pounds Sterling 80 a year on average, compared to paying by cash or cheque quarterly.

- 2 On-line billing

You'll need access to the internet and have to take your own meter readings, but the savings will be worth it. You also eliminate the risk of over-paying on an estimated bill.

- 3 Be energy-efficient

Loft insulation could save you Pounds Sterling 155 a year on your heating bills. And turning appliances off at the plug rather than leaving them on standby could save your around Pounds Sterling 25 a year. There are a host of other easy energy efficiency measures in the Complete Guide to Energy Efficiency in your home.

- 4 Get a grant

There are several grant schemes available to help you get a new boiler, install insulation and for other measures. A good place to start is your local council - it can tell you what's available in your area.

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