Energy bills are often made up of a number of utilities, but heating the home is usually a prominent cost. However, new research has found millions of households could make substantial savings through a minor change this winter. Analysis by USwitch showed nearly two-thirds of homes throughout the UK currently set their thermostat above 20 degrees in order to stay warm as it becomes colder.
However, the government is also providing help to those who are concerned about the price of their bills this winter, through a number of payments.
The Winter Fuel Payment provides between £100 and £300 to help Britons pay their energy bills.
It is available to people who were born on or before October 5, 1954, and the amount varies dependent on age and living circumstances.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme is available to those who receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, as well as those on a low income.
Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at USwitch, commented on the findings, stating: “With temperatures falling, many of us have already turned our heating on, but it’s amazing to think that an estimated two million homes are currently hotter than Tenerife.
“While it is important to stay warm over the winter, and older people especially should keep their heating on to look after their health, higher temperatures are one of the biggest contributors to higher energy bills and carbon emissions.
“Anyone who is worried about paying their energy bills this winter should contact their energy supplier, who can offer advice and support.
“Some people may be eligible for free insulation grants to help them pay for home improvements that will keep costs down longer term.”
For those who are looking to make substantial savings, switching tariffs or energy suppliers could be an appropriate solution.
Shopping around is key to understand the deals which are on offer, and those which are suited to a person’s circumstances.