We’ve already had a brief glimpse of summer this year and, if you can believe the weather forecasts, we’re in for a two-week long heatwave, starting this bank holiday weekend.
But if slapping on the sum cream and sweating it out over the long weekend isn’t your idea of bank holiday bliss, you can at least take some cold comfort in the fact that the longer, warmer days usually mean lower energy bills, as we use less gas and electricity to heat and light our homes.
And if your fixed rate energy deal is up in the next couple of months, a summer switch could knock hundreds of pounds off your winter energy bills.
Daylight Saving Time signals the start of summer, and the lighter nights and warmer weather offer the perfect excuse for energy-savvy households to switch off the central heating – the most frugal of which will keep it switched off right up until the clocks go back again in October.
If you pay your energy bill by Direct Debit, your supplier will most likely spread out your annual payments into 12 equal monthly amounts, which means you can often find yourself in credit during the summer months, when you’ll be using less gas and electricity.
If this is the case, switching supplier during the summer will most likely mean you won’t owe your supplier any money to leave, outside of any early exit fees, and your account might even be in credit, meaning you’ll be in line for a refund.
And fixing the rate you’ll pay for the next 12 months is also the best way to protect yourself against the imminent energy price hikes.
Pop your postcode in the box at the top of the page to run an energy price comparison and see how much you could save. Make the switch before the end of the month, and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a 50-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV – just in time for the start of the World Cup. Find out more about this fantastic competition, here.
Switching energy provider is a quick and easy way to save money on your monthly gas and electricity bills. Make the switch with UK Power now
If your account is in credit, but you’re not sure how to get your money back, check out How to get a refund from your energy supplier.
The summer savings shouldn’t stop there though, and you can save even more money on your gas and electricity bills by checking out our top summertime energy saving tips.
How to save energy during the summer
The summer months can make us do some pretty strange things – crank our car stereos up, sit out in the sun for hours on end, strip down to our waists and wear ¾-length trousers – and a survey from British Gas found that one-in-ten Brits opt to keep cool and save energy by stripping off and walking around the home naked.
You don’t have to forego your clothing to cut your energy bills though – here are our top 10 ways to save energy around the home this summer:
Click here to run an energy price comparison, and see if you could be paying less for your gas and electricity.