Dear Chris, Iíve just seen that British Gas is putting up prices by 7% and Iím one of their customers. Iíve already been worrying about putting the heating on this year and now Iím terrified.
My direct debits are high every month and with Christmas coming this is the last thing I need. What should I do?
Christine Dougal, Rochdale, via comments, Tuesday 8 November, 2010
British Gas has blamed rising wholesale energy prices Ė the price they pay to buy gas Ė for their energy price increase. But, like many, youíre worried about your bills going up as you use more heating to combat the cold this winter.
Hereís my advice for the steps you could take.
Now, youíve got the best deal, you can make further savings by improving the energy efficiency of your home.
Heating and insulation grants may be available from your local authority, your energy provider may also be able to help with insulation and an energy meter Ė which will help you discover where youíre wasting energy.
You could also visit your local DIY store for simple fixes to cut down on draughts which wonít cost the earth.
For a full guide to energy-efficiency measures Ė download our Complete Guide to Energy Efficiency.
I hope this helps you make the switch to a cheaper energy deal, Christine. It really is very easy and could save you a fair amount this winter. People who switched energy deals in October saved on average £265 on their annual bills.
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