Energy bills

Pay less for gas and electricity.

To find out how much you could save by switching your gas and electricity suppliers, look at your energy bills and write down the following details:

•  current supplier (your electricity and gas supplier may be different if you don’t have ‘dual fuel’)

•  name of  tariff or tariffs you are on

•  monthly cost of Direct Debit or quarterly cost of bill

•  the cost per year (monthly cost x 12 or quarterly cost x4).

Alternatively, you could download the energy bills table from the Rip Off Britain Guide to Getting a Good Deal. It's available in two formats:

Visit a comparison service to see if you can save money.
Consumer Focus can give you a list of comparison services. You can call them on 020 7799 7900.

Give the new company your details and it will arrange 
to switch your gas and electricity, normally within a  
few weeks

Give the new company your details and it will arrange to switch your gas and electricity, normally within a few weeks.

Tips:

• Switching energy company doesn’t involve changes to your gas pipes or electricity cables.

• You can have your gas and electricity from the same company (dual fuel), or have different companies for gas and electricity.

 

How to read your energy meter

Knowing how to read your gas and electricity meters accurately could help you work out how much energy you use. It could also mean your energy bills are more accurate, as you can give your energy suppliers actual meter readings.

Energy meter analogue

Standard and digital meter: 

•  gas is measured in cubic metres (m³) or cubic feet (ft³)

•  one cubic metre is about 35 cubic feet

•  ignore numbers in red, or after the decimal point.

 

Energy meter dials

Dial meter:

•  ignore dials marked ‘100 per rev’ and the big main dial if you have them 

•  ignore any red dials

•  read the dials in order from left to right

•  if the pointer is between two numbers, read it as thelower number.

 

Energy saving tips: 

Turn your heating down by 1ºC – it could save 
you around £55 each year.   
Turn off lights when you leave a room and don’t
leave your TV or other appliances on standby – turn them 
off at the plug whenever you can. Use energy-saving
light bulbs.
Only boil as much water as you need in kettles
and use full loads in the washing machine, tumble dryer
or dishwasher

•   turn your heating down by 1ºC – it could save you around £55 each year

•   turn off lights when you leave a room and don’t leave your TV or other appliances on standby – turn them off at the plug whenever you can. Use energy-saving light bulbs

•   only boil as much water as you need in kettles and use full loads in the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher.

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