Want to compare your old monthly bills with a new tariff?
Energy price comparison sites will show you savings by switching, but these savings are calculated on the assumption that if you do not switch, you will go on to a more expensive variable rate tariff with the same supplier for the remainder of a 12 month period after the fixed tariff ends. Savings appear to be pretty good.
But what if you want to compare your existing tariff with a new tariff and see the effect on your monthly bills? For this comparison, Switchwise provides a calculator which compares the old and new tariffs so that the monthly bills can be compared.
It requires manual input for energy used and tariffs but the end results shows the old and new direct debits to see if you are really saving or not.
Now the weather is getting better we can spend some time checking our home energy efficiency. A few things that are important are:
1Loft insulation! – Recommended up to 270mm. If there are loft floorboards they need to be raised to allow adequate thickness of insulation.
2Drafts! – Find them, fix them! Drafty doors and windows, and around skirting boards need to be sealed to prevent the heat disappearing outside.
3Lights bulbs! – Still got the old type bulbs? It’s worth considering new LED lights or energy saving light bulbs. Energy Savings Trust has loads of great energy saving ideas.
4 Thermostats – Do you use your thermostat during colder weather? This gadget keeps your home temperature down to a level you are comfortable with and helps stop over use of gas or electric heating
5 Cavity Walls – So much heat goes out through the walls that it’s important to check that your walls are okay. More details on Energy Savings Trust
6 Roof insulation – Some older houses only have tiles on the roof and no felt layer or insulation. You can see daylight through the gaps. In winter, this is a major heat loss area, and together with inadequate loft insulation, it is the number 1 heat loss in homes. Check your roof insulation and make sure it is up to efficient standards.
All the above items are covered in detail on the Energy Savings Trust website which contains these and many more items useful to homeowners and business.
7 Check the price you pay for energy? – One of the biggest savings comes from checking your energy prices. So may people lose by simply sticking to their old energy supplier and on their most expensive tariff. Have you checked how much you could save? It doesn’t take long. You can try it here:
It’s amazing! Energy price comparison services make it easy to compare a vast range of suppliers and prices, and all with just a few entries on their websites.
There are around 30 energy suppliers and each have different rates for different meter types, different payment types, and different consumption levels. Trying to compare all the relevant prices for your own needs can be a nightmare unless you are very determined and have plenty of time. For many people, the thought of comparing and switching is too difficult so they don’t even try.
Many people who have used online price comparison sites have found the process quite straightforward and some have actually managed to save hundreds of pounds, every year!
So..! It’s easy..!
1. Enter your postcode to find local suppliers.
2. Enter your current supplier info.
3. Get FULL detailed comparison prices.
4. Switch to a better tariff right away!
So many energy suppliers, yet so easy to compare. Switchwise! Your friendly price comparison service!
Try it now! Use estimates to see results if you don’t have exact details!
You can compare gas and electricity prices in various ways.
You could get a list of all the suppliers in your area, phone them up, and ask them to send you their tariff details. There are around 30 suppliers, although not all will supply your area. And each supplier has prices for different types of meter, different tariff names, and different payment types. So the range of prices is huge! Imagine trying to obtain all this information and make any sense of it all!
Or, you can use an energy price comparison service. These services have done exactly that. They keep up to date prices, for every home energy supplier, and for all tariff types. They make it very easy to compare every single available price option in your postcode area.
So how do you do it?
Easy. First of all, get an idea of how many kilowatt hours of gas and electricity you use. Get this from you bills. The bills tell you how much you use. Try and work out how much you’ve used over the last year. But there is an option if you don’t have this information, which is to use the average consumption figures provided when you use any of the energy price comparison sites like ours.
Start the online process by entering your postcode. After this the next page asks for your current suppliers and consumption, or you can use estimates, and page 3 gives you a complete list of all available suppliers. You can then select the cheapest supplier you like and continue on to the application forms. In 4 to 6 weeks you will be on the cheaper tariffs. Happy savings!