For most of us, keeping on top of the finances is a bit of a struggle. It is all too easy for things to get out of control. This is particularly the case when it comes to your fuel and power bills. All it takes is a couple of cold snaps like the ones we have had this winter and all that snow, to send your electric, gas, and heating oil bills to catch you unawares.
Plus, the cost of energy can easily rise at an alarming rate. According to comparethemarket, on average, UK households are paying 17% more for their energy. With this in mind, I realised I needed to make a few changes to keep these bills down as much as possible. Below is a summary of the most important steps you can take.
Regularly shop around for the best deal
On a regular basis, check out the price of energy and switch if you need to. It only takes an hour or so to pop your details into a handful of comparison sites and find the best deal for you. If you use heating oil, try clicking on this link and asking for a quote. That way you can compare the price and buy from the supplier who offers the best deal. When you do this, look out for any hidden charges.
It is also worth finding if there are any special deals available if the heating oil firm chooses the date and time of your delivery. This allows them to group deliveries together so that they are not travelling far between houses. Being able to do that saves them a lot of time and money. As a result, they tend to offer good discounts to customers who are flexible about when their oil is delivered.
Keep the heat in
One of the biggest mistakes people make is not insulating their homes properly. A recent parliamentary report showed that 25 million UK homes still needed to improve their insulation. If you have not yet installed the maximum amount of loft insulation and dealt with draughts, now really is the time to do so. It will cost you money, but, typically, you will soon recover those costs. This is especially the case if you do most of the work yourself.
You can find out everything you need to know about insulating your home from this website. There is even a number you can call to get advice that is tailored to be relevant to your home and family.
Making the most of the heat
It is also important to make the most of the heat that you generate. There are lots of ways to do this. For example, turning the heating off in rooms you rarely use and not having it on when you are not at home. Other examples include moving your furniture away from your radiators. Doing this maximises the amount of heat that reaches the rest of the room. Re-arranging sofas and chairs so the occupant is facing the main heat source can also help everyone to feel warmer.
As you can see, none of the above steps involve a huge amount of time or effort on your part. Therefore, there really is no excuse not to follow through and start to save money on your fuel bills.