As we head into the colder months, here’s some tips and tricks of ways you could save energy as well as some of the financial support that’s available.
Keep reading for ways to reduce your energy bills and to find out about grants and support available for anyone struggling with the cost of living.
Top tips and tricks all in one place
Did you know that reducing your shower time to just four minutes could save you £54 a year? How about using energy saving light bulbs; they last up to ten times longer than the old incandescent bulbs and could save you around £55 over the life of the bulb.
Whether you're looking to save the planet or just cut some energy costs, this energy saving guide provides some top tips and tricks, including how to check how much appliances should cost you, and other useful info.
Talk to someone if your energy bills are getting on top of you
Contact your energy supplier
If you’re worried about paying your energy bills, are in debt to your supplier or can’t afford to top up your prepayment meter, then please contact your energy supplier. Your supplier must work with you to agree on a payment plan you can afford under Ofgem rules. This includes reviewing a plan you have agreed before.
The Warm Home Discount scheme
The Warm Home Discount scheme is open for those struggling to pay their electricity bill. You could get £150 off your electricity bill for the coming winter, provided by the Government. You’ll get the discount automatically if you’re eligible. See if you qualify.
The British Gas Energy Trust
Energy grants up to £1,500 are available to support individuals and families struggling to pay gas bills. The British Gas Energy Trust is for those in energy debt and is available to anyone - you don’t have to be a British Gas customer.
Get FREEmeasures to make your home more energy efficient
Connected for Warmth
Connected for Warmth is an initiative which offers free energy efficient measures for your home, including free cavity wall insulation, free loft insulation and free smart heating controls.
So far, over 130 households in Swindon have had measures installed, the highest number of households in the South West.
The scheme is currently open to Swindon homes in Council Tax Bands A-D. Funding approval is subject to a suitability assessment and allocated on a first come first served basis. If you're eligible, register your interest.
Great British Insulation Scheme
Great British Insulation Schemeis offering free or cheaper insulation to reduce your home’s energy bills, if your home has an energy performance certificate of D to G and is in Council Tax bands A-D.
Measures include cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation (internal or external), loft insulation, flat or pitched roof insulation, underfloor insulation, solid floor insulation, park home insulation and room-in-roof insulation.
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