Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Why Switch to Dual Fuel?

With energy bills rising year-on-year, the average UK household has an energy bill of £1,293 – up £381 from £912. Switching your gas and electricity supply to the cheapest dual fuel deal is the easiest way to save money on those bills.


Surprisingly, many people do not switch energy supplier: just half of all households have ever switched supplier and only 5.1 million households (the UK has 26 million) switched last year. With savings of up to £425 a year just for switching energy suppliers, it’s well worth anyone’s time to spend 5 minutes to find the cheapest dual fuel tariff. After all, even if it took you half an hour, that would still be £850 an hour and I don’t know about you but I think that’s a pretty good rate!


Normal advice is to compare prices across all energy plans before switching so you can be sure that you are getting the best deal. But that’s time consuming and, well, pretty boring really. Luckily, we’ve already done that (that’s why we can attest to the lack of excitement) and though it might not set your world on fire, the money you save might. Holiday? Flat screen TV? Whatever you’d rather do with the money you save by switching providers you can feel smug that you’re one of the “switchers” with the cheapest dual fuel and not the 81% that are spending too much on their household gas and electricity.


Top 3 Tips for Saving on your home energy

Switch to the cheapest dual fuel deal – but you knew that already didn’t you?
Sign up to an online energy tariff – offline deals are typically 20% more expensive
Pay by direct debit – less cost to the energy supplier gets passed on to you in the form of a lower bill.
Make sure that you are using as little energy as possible

As well as saving money, you have just one energy supplier so that means just one bill and one payment to sort out. Plus, you can save the planet a bit too by going for paperless billing. Simply search on your utility company’s site for “paperless billing”. Some gas and electricity companies run promotions where they give away energy saving lightbulbs or other green alternatives. Whilst we applaud this approach (and who doesn’t like free?) it’s unlikely that a pack of bulbs will offset a saving you could make if that company is not the cheapest.

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Once you have made sure that you have the cheapest dual fuel deal going, we recommend that you check out the Energy Saving Trust’s website where they have free tips and advice on how to limit the amount of electricity and gas your home uses saving you even more money.

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