No one likes to think about energy bills in the summer, but if you take just a few minutes to pre-emptively switch suppliers now you could avoid big winter bills racking up when temperatures drop.
It’s May and summer is pretty much upon us. The weather, if not consistently sunny is a lot warmer and the sun is now setting well into the evenings for gloriously long days. All of this means one welcome thing in terms of your household energy usage - lower bills.
As temperatures rise we turn the heating off, the good weather means we are spending less time indoors guzzling energy and longer evenings mean we don’t need to turn on the lights until 10 at night.
At this time of year, energy bills are generally a low priority (if not the last thing on our minds!) as they rightly should be. It’s a relief to shake off the often stress-inducing worry of energy bills during the summer months, but wouldn’t it be great if you could pre-empt those nasty shock bills that come after summer when the cold weather comes creeping back in?
The good news is you can! Read on for our three-step guide to find out how:
Step one: are you on the best deal?
Many of us are unaware that we could be saving a lot of money annually when it comes to our household energy needs. A recent survey from the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) found that only 4% of electricity customers and 5% of gas customers claim to switch suppliers when their contract comes to an end - meaning that there are A LOT of us overpaying for energy out there!
The answer is simple - most energy suppliers offer special year-long (i.e. contract length) discounted energy rates to new customers, that then revert to standard rates once the contract has finished. This means that if you've been with your energy supplier for quite a while (more than 12 months) there's a very good chance you could be paying quite a bit more than you have to.
In fact, you could make an average saving of €342 right now by switching your gas and electricity over to the cheapest deal currently on the market.
Why not compare your current plan against others on the market using our Energy Price Comparison page and see what you're missing out on? It's free, easy and best of all, completely impartial.
Step two: switch now, save later
You might be thinking; “OK so I’m not on the best deal right now, but so what? As you just pointed out, it’s summer and I’m not using a lot of energy so my bill isn’t a huge concern for me right now”.
That might be the case, but if you think about it, by making the switch now you’ll be saving yourself down the line before you’ve had time to forget about your bills in the interim, letting them rack up as temperatures drop at the end of the summer season.
Step three: Repeat next year
Remember to set a reminder to shop around every 12 months when your contract comes to an end, to be sure that you are consistently getting the best deal!
Switching doesn’t have to be painful
Contrary to what you might expect, switching is actually a very easy process and will probably only take you as long to do as reading this article did. You can compare plans and find the best energy deal for you over on our Energy Price Comparison page.