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Electricity bills

Government grants

The Government are running a scheme called 'The Warm Home Discount'. You could get a £140 discount on your electricity bill which won't affect your winter fuel payment or cold weather payment. Find out more whether your qualify here.

You can also claim £12 off your electricity bills this winter. Find out more here.

Switching your energy supplier

  • Are you getting the best deal available with your current gas and electricity supplier? You may be paying more than you need to. Shopping around could help you save on your bills and leave you with some spare cash to spend elsewhere.
  • Try using uSwitch or Which? to compare gas and electricity tariffs and see if you can start saving today.

Find out more about how to switch energy suppliers on our dedicated page here.

Saving around the home 

Low energy bulbs

Use low energy bulbs - using low energy bulbs rather than traditional bulbs can save you money in the long run by 20%. You can buy low energy bulbs from most supermarkets and hardware stores.

Energy efficient products - buy energy efficient products next time you're looking for a new item. They may cost a bit more initially, but could save you money on your bills in the long term. There is an A to G scale. 'A' being the most efficient and 'G' being the least.


Don't leave it on standby - leaving items on standby will still be using electricity. If you're not using it, turn it off! Leaving appliances on can cost a household £37 a year.

Buy an energy monitor - Using an energy monitor can show you how much you're using and how much it's costing. 'Which' have a guide on the ones you can buy. 

Washing machine

When filling your washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, one full load uses less water than 2 half loads (Via South Staffs Water).

When using multiple appliances in a 4-way bar adaptor, make sure you don't overload! Use this socket overload calculator to see what  you're plugging in.

How much do your appliances cost to run? Eon has put together a guide to show what they may cost. Check it out here.

Save even more

You can find out more hints and tips on saving on electricity and gas through Which? and the Guardian.

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