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Government Plans May Lead to a Potential Savings of £180 a Year for Renters in the UK’s Coldest Homes
The Government have announced today amended regulations for energy efficiency measures in privately rented homes. The amendment will require landlords of homes with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G (the lowest 2 energy efficiency ratings) to contribute to the cost of energy efficiency upgrades and improve the ratings of these properties. Potential upgrades include: installing floor insulation, low energy lighting, and increasing loft insulation. This regulation will affect 290,000 properties (6% of the domestic market) and is expected to save renters an average of £180 a year. These measures will come into effect in 2019. So, what can renters do to save money on energy in the meantime?read this story
Yet Another Price Increase in 2018 From Scottishpower – Bills to Increase by a Further £46 (£109 Compound) From 8th October
From 8th October, dual fuel customers on a Standard Variable Tariff (SVT) will see their annual bills go up again with another £46 (3.7%), after they already had to cope with the £63 price hike that came into effect this June. The consumers affected by this price rise face a potential compound increase of £109 added to their bills on average.read this story
Another British Gas Price Increase in 2018 – Bills To Increase By a Further £44 From 1 October, Meaning a £104 Compound Increase in 2018 For British Gas SVT Customers
Customers can make a change, however - should British Gas’ standard variable tariff customers switch from this tariff to the lowest available on the market as of today, they would save on average £406*read this story
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Whether trying to beat price rises or wanting to control energy costs, millions have switched their energy to capped or fixed price tariffs. Now with many of these tariffs coming to the end of their fixed terms and suppliers offering these customers a bewildering range of tariff options to move onto, many have been wondering whether they’re still getting a good deal.
We’ve taken account of these concerns by modifying our comparison calculator. Instead of working out your savings based on the prices you’re currently on, we’ve adjusted our calculator to also use the prices you’ll most likely be put on by your current supplier in the next 12 months.
If however, you'd rather still see an energy comparison based on your current prices, that's not a problem. When you get to the results table, open up the additional filters and choose the option to re-calculate savings based on your current prices only.
You can switch from a fixed tariff at any point, but many carry an exit fee if you leave within the first one or two years. You will need to check your tariff end date, which you should find on your bill or by contacting your supplier. If you want to leave before your end date, find out if there is an exit fee and if so, how much it is. Some suppliers will charge you a fee per fuel if you have a dual fuel tariff.
The amount you have to pay will determine whether you’d be better off switching now or waiting until your tariff end date. Either way, suppliers must send you notice between 42 and 49 days in advance that your tariff is coming to an end. You are entitled to request a switch up to 42 days before your tariff end date, so you don’t have to wait until the end date to put the wheels in motion. As switching can take between 4 and 6 weeks, you should act fast to avoid paying more than you should once you’re automatically rolled onto a standard tariff, after your tariff end date.
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If you're on a fixed tariff that's coming to an end in the next 12 months, we factor that in as well and calculate your savings based on the unit rates you're currently on as well as the rates you'll be put on when your fixed tariff expires. If you'd rather see a comparison based on your current fixed tariff rates only, that's not a problem - just choose the filter at the top of the results table that says "Re-calculate savings using last year's spend". Remember also, some fixed tariffs have an exit fee if you switch more than 49 days before they end.
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The term 'energy efficiency' applies to how well your home retains heat and how effectively it uses the power it draws. The more energy efficient your home is, the greater the savings you will make both in both financial and environmental terms.
Most energy suppliers will be able to provide you with advice and tips on saving power under their Energy Efficient Commitment and you could also be eligible for a government grant towards making your home more efficient.
Find further information on making your home more energy efficient on the Energy Saving Trust website where you'll also find information on specific schemes:
Warm Front (England) 0800 316 2805
Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) 0808 808 2282
Nest (Wales) 0808 808 2244
You might also be eligible for help with your energy bills or to make you home more energy efficient. For more information visit the Government's Energy Grants calculator.
Alternatively, visit the Citizen's Advice website for even more information on how to be more energy efficient.
You may qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme if you are on a low income. Energy suppliers run the scheme; the largest ones are required by law to offer this discount. The scheme provides a discount to pensioners and some other customers on low incomes. The discount is £140 off your electricity bill.
If you were a pensioner as of 12 July 2014, you can qualify for a Warm Home Discount if you receive the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit, even if you get the Savings Credit part as well. It is up to your supplier to decide if you can receive the Warm Home Discount. The criteria vary from supplier to supplier. You will need to contact your supplier to check your eligibility. If you believe you are eligible then you need to apply directly to your supplier.
You or your partner’s name must be on the electricity bill and your energy supplier must be taking part in the Warm Home Discount Scheme. As of 1st April 2015, the following suppliers are participating:
Woodland Trust Energy
Contact your supplier to find out more, or call the Warm Home Discount Scheme helpline on 0345 603 9439, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.