June 21, 2013

With the cost of energy continuing on an upward trend, consumers across the UK are taking the initiative to adopt energy saving habits that will help to keep their energy bills from spiralling out of control.

Here are a few simple ways you can work to manage your heating costs.

Take regular readings

Recent research has shown that the gap between estimated energy bills for gas and electricity and actual energy usage, sits an average of £154 for some consumers, and can climb to as high as £500 or more.

As a result it is crucial that households submit regular meter readings in order to avoid being hit with an unexpectedly large bill at the end of the quarter or year.

Use an energy saving app

With smartphones and tablets becoming increasingly popular, it seems only logical that we should use advances in technology to help manage our heating costs. There are number of energy saving apps on the market, such as the free Standby Energy Cost Calculator (available for Android devices) which allows you to select the devices you have in your home and identify how much they are costing you in standby power.

Set up a direct debit

Most energy suppliers will give you a small discount for paying your bills by direct debit, and as an added bonus you can ensure that your payments are always made on time. To make your payments even more manageable you may want to make payments on a monthly basis.

Use the Energy Saving Trust’s free Home Energy Checker

Completing the Energy Saving Trust’s free Home Energy Checker questionnaire could also stand to make consumers savings of as much as £250 a year off their energy bills.

Getting the best deal on your home heating oil prices is another way to manage your overall heating costs. Ask your heating oil supplier about their latest offers.

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