Tagged with 'energybills'

Weighing up the cost of Christmas

With the cost of our energy fluctuating so much throughout 2014, Santa might well be tightening his belt this Christmas, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a toasty warm home this holiday season. It's all about planning. After all, the last thing people want to see when January approaches is a sky-high energy bill - one thing we can do to prevent this, is carefully check with our suppliers that things have been measured correctly and we're not over-paying. Here are some tips to make sure everything's okay at home.

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Are you owed money from energy companies?

Homeowners throughout the UK are being urged to check whether or not they are owed money from their former energy suppliers. Last year, Ofgem found that the 'big six' energy companies were sitting on millions of pounds of people's unclaimed money, usually from accounts left in credit when people have moved on and switched suppliers for a better deal. Are you one of them?

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The appliance guide to saving energy this Christmas

Within a few years, most homes in the UK will have Smart Meters installed. Some of them might be rudimentary, but it's a significant step which will allow us to take more control of our energy usage at home. It's all about control; and many people are starting to take matters into their own hands with energy monitors and meters already. But what do you do with that information? How do you act on it to save money? Here are a few ideas...

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Can an external energy monitor save you money?

With so many gadgets floating around our homes these days, saving energy is obviously becoming a number one priority. The more advanced gadgets get, the more efficient they usually are, but that's not always the case. Can a small piece of tech - an energy monitor - actually help you reduce your energy bills though?

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Some gadgets and tools to help you save energy this winter

We're always on the lookout to save energy and cut back on our expenditure, but it isn't easy when the cold season comes. At Eco Stores Direct we've got a wide range of energy saving products, from energy efficient electric radiators to stylish infrared heating panels, but what if haven't upgraded your heating system yet? There are still some interesting ways you can save energy that you perhaps hadn't even thought of...

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Have you switched energy supplier yet?

The UK Government have been advising people for the past 12 months to switch suppliers and find a better deal when it comes to their home energy usage. It seems like some of that hard work is finally paying off, as figures from Energy UK indicate that people are becoming a lot more discerning when it comes to choosing their energy suppliers - are you?

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15 million homes will be 'rationing' their energy this winter. Will you?

According to a recent poll by uSwitch, the energy comparison company, 15 million homes up and down the UK are planning on 'rationing' their energy usage this winter in order to cope with higher than average bill prices. The survey was carried out on 5,300 people from various parts of the country, and the results show a definite wariness of energy usage as we move into the colder season. It's further evidence that people are becoming more energy conscious as prices increase, and as a result it's making people more 'energy responsible'. Every cloud has a silver lining...

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Switching energy suppliers is already getting easier

Are you one of the thousands of UK homeowners that think switching energy suppliers is one big headache that you'd rather avoid? Do you put up with higher prices just because you can't be bothered with the hassle of switching? Well SSE have just become the first UK energy supplier to slash their switching times, and soon they'll all be following suit. So perhaps it's time you started shopping around for a better deal on your energy usage?

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Stay Warm Without Breaking the Bank this Winter

It's been a long summer and the mild weather is hanging on, but temperatures are set to plummet as winter makes its long approach. Like many people, you're probably concerned about high energy bills throughout the winter months, but there are some ways you can keep your energy usage down, and your bills low as a result. Here are just few...

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