What is Big Energy Savings Winter?
The Energy Savings Trust has worked in tandem with Citizens Advice to launch Big Energy Savings Winter - a national campaign to help you cut your energy bills and get all the financial support you’re entitled to.
Here’s all you need to know to save money on your energy bills as cold begins to bite.
The awareness campaign works on the following three principles:
- Check to see if you’re eligible for discounts, grants and support.
- Switch your tariff or energy supplier to get the best deal.
- Save money by becoming more energy efficient.
How to check for energy discounts, grants and support
If you’re a low income household or a vulnerable customer, you might be eligible for the following discounts:
- Cold Weather Payment - The cold weather payment is a special fund held by the government to help those most vulnerable pay for their gas and electricity bills during periods of particularly cold and adverse weather, where we are all more likely to need to turn on our heating to keep warm and thus use more energy. It is worth noting that this is not the same as the winter fuel payment, which is paid out regardless of the weather conditions. Find out more at our Cold Weather Payment guide.
- Fuel Direct - Fuel Direct is a government scheme enabling you to pay off energy debt directly from any benefits you receive and help avoid further debt or fuel poverty. The scheme operates as a budget planner of sorts, allowing you to begin to pay off any energy debt at a reasonable and easy-to-manage rate, and help to reduce the stress of your situation. Find out more at our guide to Fuel Direct.
- Warm Home Discount - The Warm Home Discount scheme is a government led scheme to provide support to low income and vulnerable energy customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The scheme is regulated by Ofgem and if you're eligible you'll get a one-off annual rebate to help with your energy bill. Under the scheme, major energy suppliers will provide over £500 million to the oldest, poorest pensioners. This will be paid via a rebate on electricity bills, starting at £120 in 2011/12 and rising in subsequent years. Find out more at our Warm Home Discount guide.
- Winter Fuel Payments - Winter fuel payments are paid by the Government to help elderly people to help pay for their heating bills in the winter. This tax free payment is available to people born on or before 5th January 1952 and who are normally resident in Great Britain or Northern Ireland. They do not affect other benefits that the household may be receiving. Find out more at our guide to Winter Fuel Payments.
How to switch your energy tariff
Switching energy and saving money is simple with UKPower. Here’s how to switch energy suppliers in three simple steps.
- Search - Simply enter your postcode in the box on the right.
- Choose - Give our comparison tool a few more details to view the best quotes.
- Switch - Choose the deal that’s best for you and we’ll take care of the rest.
You can compare energy tariffs and choose the best deal in a matter of minutes, and the switch should take no longer than 21 days to complete.
Check out our short video below for a more detailed description of the energy switching process.
How to switch energy supplier
How to switch energy supplier with UKPower. Simply enter your postcode and we'll compare energy prices from a range of suppliers. You then choose the one you prefer and we'll take care of the rest.
How to be more energy efficient
Switching energy suppliers is a quick and easy way to cut your energy bills, but you can save even more money - and do your bit for the environment - by making your home more energy efficient.
Although things like installing a new boiler, getting double glazing fitted and upgrading your home’s wall and loft insulation can really help to make your home more energy efficient, you don’t have to go to those lengths to improve energy efficiency - even small changes can make a big difference.
Here are some simple ways to help make your home more energy efficient:
- Fit energy efficient light bulbs - Replacing just one old light bulb with an energy saving recommended one can reduce lighting costs by up to £78 over the lifetime of the bulb. Plus they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.
- Adjust the thermostat - As a rule of thumb, you can save around 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you turn down your thermostat.
- Block up draughts - Draught-proofing windows, doors, loft hatches, wall and ceiling fittings and ceiling-to-wall joints saves the average home £55 per year on heating bills. Closing your curtains at dusk can also help retain the heat in each room. In the winter line your curtains or use thermal or heavier curtains to save money.
- Watch how you use appliances - Wash full loads in the washing machine, rather than just a few items. When possible use a setting of 40°C or even 30°C, this can help you up to a third less electricity.
For more ways cut your gas and electricity usage, check out our energy saving tips page, and watch our short video on five free and easy ways to keep warm for less this winter.
5 free and easy ways to keep warm for less this winter
Beat the energy price hikes with these 5 free and easy ways to save energy and save money this winter.
Click here to run an energy price comparison, and see if you could be paying less for your gas and electricity.