How to save money on household energy bills

Though household energy bills are set to rise by an average of £12 a year, there are a number of ways you can reduce your energy costs:

  • Compare energy suppliers on a price comparison website
  • Monthly direct debits, online accounts and dual fuel deals can be cheaper
  • Insulate your home's loft and cavity walls
  • Handheld energy monitors can estimate how much you're using in real time
  • Turn your thermostat down - just 1C could cut your bill by £55 a year
  • If you have an old gas boiler replace it with a new condensing model
  • Stop heating escaping through gaps in windows and doors

Energy saving tips care of the Which? website.

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£12 bill rise for energy upgrade

Ofgem has announced that bills are set to rise by an average of £12 a year to pay for a £24bn network upgrade. 300,000 more homes are likely to have been pushed into "fuel poverty" by Christmas, a campaign group has warned.