By making small changes and making your home more energy efficient and insulated you can save £100s each year on your gas & electricity bills!
We are keen to help GGHT tenants with there rising fuel costs. In this section you can find out about how you can save money on your utilities, including gas, electric and water.
Saving Money on Your Gas & Electricity
Need help lowering your gas and electric bills? There are lots of ways to keep your energy costs down. Learn how to easily switch energy supplier and see our top energy saving tips, for ideas on using less to save more.
- Switch and Save - Switching energy suppliers is simple and can save you a lot of money. Many people who have never switched before could save up to £200.00 a year. Use comparison sites to see how much you could save by switching. There are lots of sites to choose from, just search for 'comparison sites', here are a few to get you started:
- Always compare & get cashback - your exact cheapest varies with postcode, usage, and whether you pay by bills or have a key meter. So to find your best deal and exact savings do a comparison (some will also find they can't save switching).
Energy Efficient Labelling
One way of reducing electricity usage and, therefore, saving money on fuel bills is to use energy efficient appliances. Under EU regulations many electrical goods must carry an energy
efficient label. The 'EU energy label' must be displayed on the
following electrical goods:
- Washing Machines
- Tumble Dryers
- Electric Ovens
- Digital Televisions
- Lamps, Light bulbs, Light fittings.
Home Energy Saving Tips
Here are some simple ways you can stop wasting energy and money NOW!!
- Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £55 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
- Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
- If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads.
- Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you’re using an electric kettle).
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
- Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £40 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around £65 over its lifetime if you’re replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
- Complete a home energy check. Just answer some simple questions about your home and we’ll give you a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £300 a year on your house
For more assistance with finding a cheaper supplier, switching and help with fuel debts please contact Citrus Energy on 0800 221 8089 and state you are a GGHT customer.
Further information about reducing your energy use and can be obtained from:
An information database providing a single, central source of information on domestic
energy grants, products, advice and offers.
Get advice on budgeting, maximising income, benefits and ideas for low-cost ways to
Compare fuel prices from different providers to find the best deal for you
Information on water meters including an interactive calculator to see how much you
could save and an application form to get one installed.
The Home Heat Helpline provides advice on managing energy costs
Citizens Advice provides free advice and assistance on consumer services, debt and legal advice.