24th October 2017

Cheaper Electricity & Gas

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Energy bills to rise. Ways to save on your gas and electricity bill

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UK households' energy bills are set to rise in 2017, and fixed tariffs are to expire in March.

You can use Energy Linx , a free and impartial online service. It is an electricity and gas search engine which lets you compare the prices of all suppliers and find the best deal for your home.

Energy Linx site says that 20 percent of all its users over the last 60 days achieved a saving of around £130.

Energylinx has several distinct advantages:

When you arrive on the Energylinx site, you can choose:

  1. Dual Fuel to compare all UK suppliers of both gas and electricity. While most people receive their gas and electricity from two different energy companies, dual fuel tariffs can save you money on gas and electricity bills
  2. Electricity to compare all UK electricity suppliers
  3. Gas to compare all UK gas suppliers.

Energylinx is fully accredited to the Ofgem Confidence Code to compare energy for domestic consumers. Ofgem is the UK government's regulator for gas and electricity markets.

 

You can also save money by comparing and switching suppliers on Energy Helpline , which from a survey of over 10,000 customers who used it to switch their electricity and gas providers between 18th February 2016 and 23rd June 2016 found that 10% of them saved £616.

The site is fast, easy to use; the service is free, independent and impartial. Energy Helpline price comparison service meets the requirements of the OFGEM Confidence Code and was a founding signatory to the Code.

It compares all UK suppliers.

Energy Helpline is for business electricity and gas as well, taking the hassle out of the switching process at no cost.

Household or business, once you've found the right service for you, you can sign up online by filling in a few simple details and Energy Helpline does the rest of the admin for you.

 

A Very British Worry

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A spectre is haunting Britain: that of fuel poverty. But there is a way to reduce our energy bills.

British people are more concerned about how to pay their energy and utility bills than any other financial matter except food. A March 2017 survey by the UK's largest consumer association Which? has revealed that fuel, electricity and food are the top worries of UK households, due to the increase in energy bills. This is only the last in a series of population studies that have consistently shown being unable to afford utility bills as among the top money concerns.

It's not surprising because, whereas we can cut on luxury and unnecessary expenditures and we can save money on food by buying cheaper ingredients and meals, electricity and gas bills are harder to adjust to our pockets.

Energy bills are also set to rise: this has recently been confirmed by as many as 16 energy companies as well as comparison sites.

According to Which? and many other consumer advocates, including the BBC's consumer programme Watchdog, switching your supplier is a clever method of saving money.

It's understandable, then, that the regulator Ofgem reports that in 2016 switching rates reached their highest level since 2010. In 2016 7.7 million gas or electricity switches occurred,which is 1.7 million more switches than in 2015, an increase of 28%.

Switching to a new electricity and gas supplier is easy. But what can be confusing is to compare different prices and tariffs in order to save money. There are several price comparison sites, but it may be difficult even to choose among them.

Ofgem, the UK government's regulatory body presiding over the energy sector for gas and electricity markets, has checked the many price comparison websites, so you can follow its recommendations as a good guidance on which sites meet the best criteria to give you a quote on the latest deals and tariffs.

Energy Linx and Energy Helpline meet these criteria and are accredited by Ofgem, the British government's regulator.

 

 

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