While August is not usually the time for energy comparison customers to start looking towards winter, this year householders may want to switch energy tariffs early on to see if they can get a cheap gas or electricity deal.
Now that five of the Big Six energy suppliers have upped their prices, households will be stumping up around £1,200 to heat their homes during the cold months this year, so with a little forward planning they could cut their bills and have more disposable income to put towards Christmas or paying off debt.
The Mirror cites figures from the Energy Saving Trust showing how families can save an average of £250 a year simply by installing energy efficiency measures, such as loft and cavity wall insulation, draught excluders and double glazing in their windows.
Wall insulation alone can take £110 off the cost of an average family's fuel bill because properties can lose a third of their heat through the walls.
And as the nights start to draw in, consumers can close their curtains as the light fails to prevent heat from escaping through windows.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the upcoming Energy Saving Week in October (24th - 28th), the Trust has launched a guide to cutting energy bills focusing on the changes householders can make around the home.
It urges people to look at their boiler to make sure it is working as effectively as possible.
"If your boiler is over 15 years old, it's probably time you thought about replacing it with a new energy efficient one. Replacing your old boiler with a new A-rated condensing model with a full set of heating controls will save you up to a quarter on your heating bills straight away - that's up to £235 on average in gas heated homes," the organisation pointed out.
If every home with gas or oil-powered central heating switched to condensing boilers, householders in the UK would save a collective £1.3 billion a year, the Trust added.
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