Comparison site warns energy customers to get winter ready NOW
With the summer now in full swing, thinking about keeping warm in winter might be the last thing on your mind, but GoCompare energy is warning bill payers to prepare now, to avoid a shock this winter.
Energy prices have been at an all-time high during 2022, with the Price Cap increase in April causing shock waves for the industry and home owners alike – in fact, research from GoCompare Energy found that 83% of bill payers have seen their energy costs increase this year. And with a further Price Cap increase potentially announced in August, and implemented in October, the comparison site is warning bill payers to get their energy admin in order during the summer months, to ensure they are prepared for the winter.
Gareth Kloet, energy spokesperson at GoCompare says there are a few simple steps that could help keep energy bills in check this winter: “It might sound counter intuitive, but now is the best time to get your energy house in order. This is the time when you will use the least amount of gas and electricity and so, if you are able to, it might be worth upping your direct debit slightly to give yourself some credit for the coming winter months.”
Other advice from the comparison site includes:
- Catching up on any arrears you may have with your energy provider,
- Use the warmer days and lighter evenings to cut back on energy usage around the house
- Make sure you are regularly providing meter readings to your energy provider so your bills are up to date
- Try to resist asking for credit balances to be returned (if you are lucky enough to have one) or if you do, try to keep it in the bank for your next bill increase
- If you can, increase your monthly Direct Debit spend now so the next rise comes as less of a shock
- Think about implementing any energy efficiency advice that you may have previously been putting off. It’s easier to do lots of those things in the summer than in the wintertime. For example, replacing windows and doors, boiler servicing or replacement, or flushing radiator systems to improve efficiency.
Gareth Kloet, of GoCompare Energy, said:
“If you do have credit with your energy provider, consider it leaving it there for a rainy, or in this case, cold day. Having that credit could mean the difference between a massive hike or a smaller increase come October’s price cap implementation.”
Gareth continued: “If you have been advised to get double glazing fitted, or told that your boiler could do with a service – now is the time to do it, when the window fitters and particularly the plumbers are less busy. It will not only save you the stress of a broken boiler, but also could save you a few pounds, as efficient boilers and windows will save energy in the long run.
“It’s highly likely that the energy Price Cap will increase again, and in turn, so will energy bills. So while the sun is out, it’s worth doing all you can to put money away, or pay extra, to get your house in order so you can put the heating on safe in the knowledge that you will be able to afford it come the winter months.
“We don’t want to spoil any summer fun, but we do want to help our customers do all they can to manage the increase in bills that is likely to come in just a few months.”
For some other tips on how to save energy, visit this handy guide here: https://www.gocompare.com/gas-and-electricity/guide/energy-saving-tips/.
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*On 22nd – 24th April, 2018 randomly selected Great British adults was executed by Maru/Blue. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size has an estimated margin of error (which measures sampling variability) of +/- 2.1%. The results have been weighted by age, gender, region and social grade to match the population, according to Census data. This is to ensure the sample is representative of the entire adult population of Great Britain. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
**https://electricityplans.com/kwh-kilowatt-hour-can-power/ Average 50inch LED television uses around 0.016kWh of energy, 0.016 X 1,400 hours = 22.4kWh. 1400hours/24 = 58.3 days.