There are many things that we pay for that we could actually pay less for and utility bills is often one of these. Most of us are paying more than necessary and it can be good to check so that you can be sure that you are not paying more than you need to be. That extra money could be really helpful perhaps in just buying day to day things, repaying loans like those offered by Emu.co.uk or for adding to your savings account.
There is a lot of competition between suppliers and this means that some can be really competitively priced. It is often the case the biggest suppliers that are most well-known charge the most. You may expect that the well-known ones would be cheaper because they have more customers but this is not the case. The larger and more well-known companies get customers through brand loyalty and because people trust them more just because they know their names. This means that they can get away with charging more.
It is worth looking at the different suppliers and their prices to see whether you can save by switching to another one. You can do this using a comparison website. Although these are not perfect, it will just allow you to see how much you could save if you changed to a different supplier. The comparison website may not show you all options and they may not compare like for like, but it will give you a general idea. You can then look into things more for yourself. Of course, you will want to make sure that you get good value for money and therefore you may be concerned about using the very cheapest supplier. However, if you read reviews, check out their website and ask people you know about who they would recommend, you could be more confident in a less well-known supplier.
Once you have whittled it down, you could then look at the suppliers in more detail. Find out more about the company and how long it has been going. You may wish to contact their customer services as well and see how good they are. You will then be able to ask any questions that you have and be able to check that they will offer you good value for money.
Another way to save money is to reduce your usage. We usually get charged for the amount of gas, electricity or water that we use and so by using less we will be able to reduce the amount that we pay.
Electricity is used for so many things it can be difficult to know where to start! It is good to turn off anything that you are not using such as computers, chargers, lights and televisions. If you do this all of the time then these small savings will add up. The larger savings can make even more of a difference though. For example, if you reduce your tumble drier use and hang washing outside or on a clothes airer this can reduce costs. You should also make sure that you have a full load before running a washing machine or a dishwasher. Consider getting solar chargers for your devices so that you do not have to plug into the mains to charge them. You could even get solar panels on your roof to help you to generate your own electricity, but you would need to spend out a lot of money in order to afford to do this.
Reducing gas is normally just a case of turning the heating down. This can be hard if you do not like being cold. However, thing about where you get draughts in your home and whether you can stop these. Insulation, curtains and draught excluders can make a big difference. Even shutting the doors and keeping a few rooms warm can be cheaper than heating the whole house. If you have a gas hob and/or oven then make sure that you do not have it on a higher temperature than necessary. When pans come to the boil turn them down as low as you can to just keep them at a gentle simmer rather than a rolling boil. When using the oven, put things in as the oven is preheating so it starts to cook more quickly and you can turn it off sooner.
If you have a water meter then saving water can also help. Make sure that you have short showers rather than baths and keep activities like using hose pipes down to a minimum. Get dripping taps and leaking pipes fixed as soon as possible. You may have water saving settings on your dishwasher and washing machine as well, which could be worth using. You can use buckets of water from washing the car or bowls form washing up or cleaning to water the garden to cut down as well.