Rise in utility bills from April 1st, and its no Aprils Fool…

As we approach April, we have all no doubt been nervously checking the energy meters with the price of gas and electricity continuing to surge. For lots hopefully little will change if you are on a current fixed term, if not then as of tomorrow prices unfortunately will increase.

It has been recommended by money saving expert Martin Lewis that we take our meter readings today so as to ensure they are priced on the lower rate before the increase tomorrow.

We have had Brexit, then a worldwide Pandemic, and now Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which is the latest global event putting pressure on  as prices rise.

Money saving expert Martin Lewis has warned energy bills will rise by 54% from April 1, with a further increase of at least another 25% predicted for October.

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As such, millions of Britain’s are worried about how they’ll pay what they owe and make ends meet.

Listed below are ten things we can all do immediately to help cut £380 off our household bills (source The Mirror).
  1. Lowering your thermostat dial by just one degree could reduce bills by around £80-85 per year.
  2. Adjusting central heating timers to switch off at night and during the day if the house is empty will also minimise fuel consumption.
  3. For rooms such as bedrooms that stand empty throughout the day, people should consider turning the radiator down to the lowest setting without turning it off completely.
  4. Fitting reflective foil behind radiators on external walls will also help reduce the rate of heat loss in any room. ASDA is currently selling rolls of foil for 65p, so it’s well worth doing.
  5. Lowering the temperature of your washing machine is an eco-friendly way to save money. Even a 20°C wash can do the trick in some cases, particularly when using liquid detergent rather than powder. Try reducing the spins on the cycle too.
  6. For drying clothes, aim to dry clothes on a rack instead of in a tumble dryer – for those who do opt to use a dryer, clean its filter first to improve energy efficiency.
  7. Not quite a simple tip, but did you know up to a third of heat disappears through the roof? As a result, it makes sense to add insulation if you can. Which? found that installing loft insulation, if you do not have it already, could save you up to £215 per year in energy bills depending on your home.
  8. Buy a draught-excluding cushion and put it in front of your door to maximise savings tackle draughty windows, doors, chimneys, floorboards, skirting boards and loft hatches – this can be done using draught excluder strips or expanding foam fillers. The saving could be £25 a year.
  9. When changing lightbulbs, swapping old-style bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs saves around £7 per year in running costs. As they are longer lasting a single bulb, they could eventually cut around £180 from your energy bills, compared to an old-style halogen bulb. Even if your halogen bulbs aren’t dead yet, research has found that getting rid of a halogen bulb for LED saves more than the cost of the bulb over its lifetime, with extra energy savings on top.
  10. Turn appliances off at the power if they’re on standby. For a typical home, this could save £55 a year. Avoid using expensive standby modes on laptops, games consoles, smart speakers and TVs at all where possible.

If you are worried about the cost of living or need extra support, then local community based centre’s such as https://hebburnhelps.co.uk/ 

are on hand to help lessen the burden.