BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK


Did you know that this week is Big Energy Saving Week? It's revealed that millions of households haven't switched energy supplier in the past six years and more shockingly, it's costing them £1,500 each over those six years. As a Mum of three little children, these figures have shocked me, and I can put my hand up and say that we are one of the people who has not switched energy supplier. Think of all the things you could have done with that extra £1,500 in your pocket - where it should be.

To be exact with figures, Ofgem have revealed its 9 million households across the UK, which is more than a third of all households, failed to switch their gas or electricity provider between 2012 and 2017. Most are young families with children. Anyone who has a child or more than one child knows how expensive it is to pay for everything, from the food shop, clothing and keeping on top of the house bills. We all seem to try out best with budgeting with our weekly or monthly food shop. However, we should also be concentrating on saving money by comparing prices between our gas and electricity provider. 


If you're interested in saving a lot of money, why not try out the energy price comparison tool run by Citizens Advice here. On their website, you can compare Gas, Electric or both, prices. This will show you how much you can save, which means more money in your pocket. I tried it out myself and with gas it says that I will save £94 if I change provider - that has really shocked me. It's really simple to do and will only take a few seconds of your time. 



As well as changing your energy supplier, here are a few other ways you could save money and reduce your energy bills:

Many of us are guilty of leaving plugs on, leaving TVs on and any other electrical item. However, you could save yourself about £30 a year by turning all your appliances off standby mode. 

I am one who loves a hot shower at the end of each day, but by spending one minute less in the shower each day, you could save up to £7 off your energy bills each year, per person. How amazing is that? That would mean, as a family five, I could save £35 a year. 

It's important to try your best to understand your bill. Every now and then it is best to compare prices, and it's so simple to do by using the online Citizen's Advice price comparison tool. You could easily save up to £300 by just switching energy suppliers. 

Making sure you turn off all light can save you up to £14 a year on your energy bills.

By controlling your heating and hot water yourself, you could save up to £75 a year. There are many smart controls around recently, this could help you massively with your energy bills. It means you have full control over when you want hot water and when you want the heating to switch on and off. 

There are two great competition prizes on offer throughout the Big Energy Saving Week. The prize is a fantastic £899 retro-styled energy efficient fridge freezer from luxury appliance Gorenje. Not only that, but you can also win £1,500 in cash by entering the Big Energy Saving Week quiz, which you can do here






* This is a collaborative post with Energy Saving Trust.

24 comments

  1. This is rather interesting - I have no idea if we can even switch electricity providers to save money. Where I live there is one power plant that powers the whole island, run by Scottish Hydro, so we've never even thought about checking to see if we can switch to another provider. Will have to look into it, thanks!

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  2. Switching provider is definitely something I want to look into. We're moving house soon and will probably shop around more this time, especially as I'm interested in some of the independent, green energy providers.

    Cx

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  3. I alway check which energy supplier is the cheapest for me and switch if I have to. I am always trying to save money by using things less, but the kids drive me potty leaving all the lights on in the house. #KCACOLS

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  4. Very interesting! I shall make sure to pass these tips on to my Mum, she's in charge of all that stuff! x

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  5. I really need to revisit our energy suppliers - seems as good a week as any to do it! So easy to get into a rut and not check whether you are getting the best value for money.

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  6. Its surprising how much you can actually save. And by doing little things too

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  7. Great tips, I am really trying to only boil enough for one cup of tea each time. I should also look at changing suppliers...

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  8. We recently moved into a new place and were really surprised by the winter bill that just came in. It has motivated us to review how we use energy and make some changes. Some great tips here.

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  9. It’s so important to check you are on the best tariff and what else you could be getting. We turn all our plugs off at the wall so nothing other than the sky box is ever left in standby

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  10. I do try really hard to save energy and not be wasteful, but I know myself that there are times I could have the heating off and I don't, or I've left 2 lights on downstairs when I'm upstairs. £14 sounds like nothing, but add it to the £30 and the rest and suddenly you are saving £100 a year just by being sensible. It's a great campaign - and I need to check my energy providers too! :)

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  11. I try really hard but my husband and kids make this house look like blackpol illuminations!

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  12. Great post Beth! You’ve just reminded me I still need to switch our gas/electric provider - we just renew every year as it’s easier but I bet we would save a lot more by comparing prices! X

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  13. Oh I had NO idea.... damn, I'm on it (love the illustrations btw) - think how much money I could be saving!!

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  14. We switch providers frequently its a great way to save money. We also use Tado which is brilliant for keeping energy costs down;)

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  15. I really try and do this but I must admit I suck loads.I really want to keep on top of turning things off more especially lights when I leave the room and the TV. I'm definitely going to implement some of these and see how we go

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  16. I think we need to look at switching suppliers as we are paying way too much at the moment.

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  17. It's quite shocking that little things you can do add up to so much! I have to admit I haven't changed energy providers in the whole time I've lived in my property and thats 11 years now... Maybe I need to check out the comparison tool and see if I can make a saving x

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  18. I love thrifty tips! We check energy deals every few months and try and avoid ones with exit fees so we can follow the best prices. Great post!

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  19. We have recently switched energy suppliers for our electricity to save that little bit more each month!

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  20. i literally never look at switching suppliers. we should shop around really! thanks for linking up at #KCACOLS - join us again soon!

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  21. I really need to check this again. I haven't compared my energy supplier for quite a while! Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time :)

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  22. Just one minute less in the shower could save so much energy and so much water. I do love a lingering shower but I think this will be something I will aim to focus on as a kindness to the environment, especially as it could save us a good deal of money over the year! #KCACOLS

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  23. Great advice. We try really hard to save energy here - everything from keeping the heating low to only boiling the right amount of water in the kettle. #kcacols

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  24. I realised the other day that I had turned into such a 'parent' as I wandered round the house switching off lights that had been left on! I really need to look into switching our energy supplier though, I'm sure we could save some money. x #KCACOLS

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