With temperatures falling, more and more of us are ratcheting up the heating – but that can also mean a big bill come the new year.
Are there some nifty ways to keep your home warm without spending a fortune on your winter heating bill?
Another option is to have a smart meter installed. Smart meters show you in pounds and pence how much you are currently spending on your energy. You can set budgets, to make sure that you don’t go overboard and compare how your current energy use compares to previous points in the year. It’s a great tool to help you reduce the amount you spend and, again, your supplier can help.
‘If you want a smart meter, just get in touch with your supplier. Most will fit one for you at no extra cost,’ explains Abbie.
The government offers a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – a way to reward those households that take steps to introduce renewable energy sources into their home, including things like solar panels, biomass boilers and air-to-water heat pumps.
According to Edward Levian, commercial director at isoenergy, the RHI has helped cut energy bills by making renewable energy systems not only affordable, but in some cases profitable.
‘After installing a renewable heat system, consumers will see a direct saving on running costs and a reduction of the carbon footprint of the property,’ he concludes.
While the cold weather means we’ll all be cranking up the heating, with some small changes, you can reduce the impact that the falling temperatures will have on your energy bill.
 Ofgem, 2019. Infographic: Bills, prices and profits, https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/infographic-bills-prices-and-profits