The cost of living is going up, with energy and fuel increases along with general inflation affecting UK households. In the case of energy, there are some ways you may be able to manage rising costs, but you can't switch to make significant savings at the moment. However, there are other ways to save money across Uswitch.
While there are currently little or no savings when it comes to your energy bill, you may be able to cut costs on your other household bills. Reviewing broadband, TV and mobile contracts with Uswitch could be a quick and easy way to make a reduction on your monthly outgoings - you could save an average of £162 per year.
Broadband prices commonly increase in the middle of a contract - find out what’s happening with your provider in our round-up below:
While prices are going up, you could still save up to £162 on your broadband. Find out how here.
If you’re currently paying separate companies for your TV and your broadband, you could save money by bundling a TV service with your broadband provider instead. Providers that offer these services will usually let you use both for a single, and often cheaper, monthly fee.
Broadband contracts range from 30 days to two years. If you’re a student or renting a property, a shorter contract might be more convenient, but could come with higher monthly fees. So make sure to pick a contract length that suits your situation but doesn’t put you out of pocket.
If your phone contract is coming to an end and you’re happy to keep on using your phone, switching to SIM-only is a great way of cutting your costs. With data deals costing as little as £6 per month, you can save a lot of money by going SIM-only.
Our easy to use tool shows you which government and supplier-specific energy help schemes you might be able to sign up for depending on your eligibility.
We know and appreciate that this is a difficult time for energy customers, and we want to do everything possible to make sure you have the right information at this time so you can make the right decisions.
With working from home now the new normal and energy prices looking like they'll stay high, it's important to keep your bills as low as possible. The best ways to do that are in our guide featuring 102 free energy-saving tips for every part of your home.
You don't have to use all of them - it might be an impossible task to try - but they should go some way to getting you started saving energy and spending less on your bills.
“Justina Miltienyte, head of policy at Uswitch.com, comments: “Households are feeling the turbulence of a stormy energy market, and the prospect of a £2,800 price cap now looms on the horizon.
“These latest Government measures have been a long time coming and will go some way towards helping customers weather the storm.
“The substantial action suggests that the Government finally appreciates the unprecedented scale of the help needed, following Ofgem’s prediction that the number of households in fuel poverty could double to 12 million.
“Doubling the bill rebate to £400 is a sensible step, and it is good news that it will not have to be repaid. This measure will give some welcome relief to customers and reduce the impact of soaring bills, especially for those on the brink of financial hardship.
“We have long called for an increase in support for the vulnerable who will be worst hit by the energy price hikes. So the one-off £650 payment to the eight million people with the lowest incomes is to be applauded, as is the £300 for pensioners and £150 for those receiving disability support.
“The devil is in the details though and we still don’t know how the payments will be distributed. We will be watching to see how the Government implements these proposals and ensures help actually reaches all those that need it.”