Heating costs soaring: Energychoices.co.uk’s top tips to beat the British Gas price hike

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British Gas is putting up gas and electricity costs by 7% from December, but you can beat the cost of rising energy prices, according to leading energy switching site Energychoices.co.uk.

British Gas is putting up gas and electricity prices by 7% from December, but you can beat the cost of rising energy prices

British Gas is putting up gas and electricity prices by 7% from December, but you can beat the cost of rising energy prices, according to leading energy switching site Energychoices.co.uk.

Already this year, Brits have been wrapping up warmer at home, making hot drinks to avoid putting the heating on, but now prices are going up too – a double whammy for hard-pushed Brits.

Nevertheless British Gas has chosen this time to blame rising wholesale energy prices for the price increases. It says that prices have gone up by 25% since spring.

But you can fight the energy price hikes with some simple measures which will cut your overall costs, keep your energy usage down and keep the whole family toasty this winter.

Energychoices.co.uk’s top tips for keeping bills down:

1 Go online and compare energy prices - you’ll need to enter the amount of rooms and people living in the house to get the most accurate idea of the best deals for you.

2 Switch to online billing and paying by direct debit for your energy – don’t worry about being overcharged – much stricter rules are now in place so customers don’t build up a big credit on their energy bills.

3 Do what you can to insulate your home – some energy-efficiency measures such as buying a draft excluder for your front door and covering keyholes are cheap but can pay dividends.

Chris Eagle, Energychoices.co.uk’s expert says: “Just as we’ve had a tough week of cold temperatures and even snow in some places of the UK – we’ve had the major energy price hike that we’ve been warning consumers about for some time.

“There’s no doubt that keeping energy bills down is the top of Brits financial concerns this winter, so it’s vital to get online and compare energy prices to ensure you get the best deal available.

“One good piece of news is that British Gas is holding off on raising prices for its most vulnerable customers, including poorer pensioners until after the winter – but that won’t help struggling families as the countdown to Christmas begins.”

“I would also urge those in the mood, to act now to get free energy efficiency help from their supplier. British Gas, for example, is offering help with energy-efficient boilers, loft and cavity wall insulation and EnergySmart meters – which can help your monitor your usage.

“EON has a scheme called Energy Fit which offers energy efficiency advice and goals to complete, plus an online tracker of your energy use – which may help pinpoint reasons why your bills have been high.”
EDF offers a free, online energy adviser for its customers and can offer information on improving your energy efficiency.”

However, the most important piece of advice I can give Brits at the moment is don’t delay – get online and sign-up for a cheaper energy deal. Our customers have saved £265 when they switched energy suppliers during October.”

About Energychoices.co.uk

Energychoices.co.uk was launched in 2005 and allows users to compare energy prices.

Energychoices.co.uk is part of the Consumerchoices.co.uk group of websites. Consumerchoices.co.uk provides news, guides and expert advice to help customers save money on all their household bills.

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