Has a chilly August made you put your heating on?Tips to keep energy bills down whilst staying warm
20 August 2015
Is this chillier-than-usual summer weather making you reach for the thermostat? We've got tips for keeping warm and saving money at the same time.
At the Which? office, we've been divided about putting the heating on during this unseasonably cold summer.
Some of us have given in to the cold and got our boilers and radiators running already, while others have opted for jumpers-and-cardigans instead.
If you're getting tempted to put your heating on but are worried about the cost, that might be because - like many people - you're paying too much for your gas and electricity.
Use our energy switching service Which? Switch to compare gas and electricity prices and find the best energy deal for you.
Avoid expensive standard energy tariffs
Most households are still on a 'default' standard variable tariff, which are generally a lot more expensive than cheaper fixed-rate deals.
Our research found that typically, if you're on a standard tariff with one of the Big Six, you could save up to £299 by switching to the cheapest energy deal.
Each month, we round up the top five dual fuel deals and for August, they're all under £1,000.
Take a look at our list of the five cheapest gas and electricity tariffs available this month.
Other ways to save on energy
Even if you're already on a cheap gas and electricity tariff, there are still plenty of ways you can save on your energy bills.
A good place to start is with lighting, which accounts for 18% of the average household's electricity bill. If you've still got some traditional bulbs in your home, switching from those to newer energy-saving models is a quick and easy way to cut your energy costs.
Replacing just one 60W incandescent with an LED bulb can save almost £7.50 per year, and our light bulb reviews will guide you to the brightest, longest-lasting and most efficient bulbs.
It's also worth looking into insulating your loft and cavity walls, which can save you up to £300 a year, and in some cases doesn't cost anything to install. Head to our guide on cavity wall insulation costs and savings to find out more.
Get more ideas for cutting gas and electricity costs from our 10 ways to save on your energy bills.