Ofgem announces 10 per cent energy price cap rise

The energy price cap rise is coming but it doesn't have to mean higher bills if you know how to save

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The government is raising the energy price cap once again – by 10 per cent from the 1st April, meaning potentially higher spring energy bills. And although we've talked before about how bad we, as a nation, are at shopping around for the most cost-effective energy providers, now really is the time to do so.

A typical UK household spends over £1,100 per year in energy bills, with 60 per cent of us on standard variable tariffs provided by our default energy supplier. In fact, recent research by Money Supermarket reveals that 23 per cent pf Brits have never switched their energy supplier. And yet, switching could save you as much as £250 a year – a not insubstantial sum. Money Supermarket is one online platform that could help you make the savings, but there are other resources, such as uSwitch, that are well worth checking out.   

That said, if you are already on the best tariff you could find, these energy saving tricks from Apollo Blinds are worth considering. 

Move your furniture away from radiators

If your sofa is against the radiator, you are heating your sofa not your room, simple. So, make sure there's space between your furniture and heating sources to get the most from your radiators. 

Run full loads on your dishwasher and washing machine

Running a half-empty dishwasher or washing machine wastes both energy and water; running a full load actually uses less energy than two half-loads – and saves you time on loading and unloading. 

Turn down your heating – just one degree could save you money

There's no need to never turn on your heating, but turning down your thermostat by just one degree could save you as much as £75 per year. If you're used to a very warm house, try moving around more (why not try yoga?), especially in the mornings and evenings when body temperatures are naturally lower. 

Invest in heat-retaining household items and appliances

Freezing bedroom? Invest in a great, thick duvet or electric blanket  – cheaper and healthier than sleeping with the heating on. LED bulbs could cut your electricity bill by £80 a year, and smart window blinds will protect your windows from heat loss, potentially saving you 25 per cent on your energy bill. 

Find out how to save energy by switching your energy supplier