Fuel poverty and how to avoid it this winter


Fuel poverty is a growing issue for many consumers in the UK, particularly as the cold weather sets in.

For many, this brings renewed anxiety about how they are going to pay their heating bills each month.

However, with a few simple changes to the home it is possible to avoid the traditional high and ongoing costs that the colder season brings, in exchange for a smaller upfront fee for making sustainable changes to the property.

Below, we have included a few tips on how to future-proof your home against the winter winds.

Draught proof

To cut the cost of heating your home, you should perhaps look into draught-proofing your property. Not only will this make your house warmer and cut your energy bills, but it is also environmentally-friendly, in that it cuts your reliance upon fossil fuels.
Invest in temperature controls

One of the best ways to cut back on the amount you are spending in your home, is to ensure that you have more control over the temperature of individual rooms and spaces.

Not every system comes with these built-in, so it is worthwhile ensuring that you have them in your home.

Shop around

If you want to reduce the amount you spend on your energy bills, then comparing the prices of different gas suppliers is a good idea.

Rather than sticking to a higher tariff, why not use a price comparison site such as MoneySuperMarket to see whether you can get a better deal elsewhere.

Give your heating system the once-over

Much has been written already about the necessity to service your heating system, and check it is in good working order.

It is a lot easier (and cheaper) to have a heating engineer quickly service your system and ensure it is working properly, than it is to wait for it to break down mid-winter, and call out a plumber at a time when it may be more costly for them to come out and visit you.

It also avoids the expense of problems escalating later on down the line.

For more information, contact one of our plumbers or heating engineers for more information, by calling ComCat on 01530 510 525.

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