Rising energy costs: what you can do

In this guide, we’ve put together some tips to help keep your energy bills low, plus some resources for support you might be able to get. We also let you know what you can do to help avoid scams.

Tip 1 – Everyday changes to cut your energy bills

Tip 1 – Everyday changes to cut your energy bills

  • Make small changes: Have a look at these tips from The Energy Saving Trust. While the changes on their own may seem small, you could save up to £564 a year

  • If you have one of our cashback current accounts (1|2|3 , Select or edge), you could earn cashback on your energy bills. View our range of current accounts for more information.

  • Make use of your smart meter: If you have a smart meter for your gas and electricity, using an in-home display will show you when you’re using energy, and help to pick out where you can reduce. Everyone is entitled to a smart meter. If you feel like you’d benefit from one visit Smart Energy GB to find out how to request your upgrade.

Tip 2 – Get help and support

Tip 2 – Get help and support

  • MoneyHelper’s energy advice is updated regularly with hints and tips to save money on your bills. You can also find information on grants.

  • Help for households gives you details on the government support available, and how you can apply. 

  • If you’re struggling to pay your bills Money Saving Expert has details on help available from your energy supplier.

Tip 3 – How to make your home more energy efficient

Tip 3 – How to make your home more energy efficient

  • Block out the draughts: Professional draught-proofing can cost £225 and save you £60 a year, but you can do some DIY draught-proofing by putting weatherstrip seal tape around your door and window frames. You can also add secondary glazing film to windows to reduce heat loss.

  • Turn down the temperature: If you have a combi boiler, the water and heating temperatures are adjustable. If you’re heating hot water just to cool it back down for a shower, you could be spending where you don’t need to.

  • Insulate where possible: Putting a British standard jacket around your hot water tank could save you £70 a year, and insulating your pipes could keep water hotter for longer.

Tip 4 – Protect yourself from scams

Tip 4 – Protect yourself from scams

  • Make sure you’re on the lookout for suspicious emails, calls and text messages. Fraudsters may pretend to be from energy providers, Ofgem or the government.

  • Have a look at these tips on spotting fraud and scams, and you can also see how to protect yourself with Action Fraud

  • Check out Take Five for ways to recognise and prevent fraud or scams.


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