Another chance to save money on your energy bills
The weather is starting to feel more like summer and thoughts are turning to barbecues and sunny days in the garden or at the beach.
Energy bills might be banished to the back of minds but this is an ideal time to register for the Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme and save money in the coming months and next winter. In the first offer, which finished in March, the average savings for households in Boston who switched was £210. The latest scheme was launched on Tuesday, April 15, and already more than 700 households have registered.
Any household which has never switched energy supplier, or not switched for a long time, is probably paying too much.
It is easy to register - all you need is a recent gas or electricity bill which shows your current tariff and your energy consumption. Then visit www.boston.gov.uk/LESS to register your details. Alternatively you can call on 01529 301990 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
There is no obligation to switch so there is nothing to lose by registering. Whether you rent your home or own it, whether you are on dual fuel, electric only or have a prepayment meter - everyone is encouraged to register. And you don't even have to live in Lincolnshire as it will be open to anyone in the country, so friends and family can also register, wherever they live.
Once the registration period deadline has passed on Monday, June 9, the energy companies are invited to offer a competitive tariff. The lowest tariff will be offered to households in personalised emails or letters. Residents will then have four weeks to decide whether or not to switch.
It is a simple process that could result in substantial savings on household energy bills. So don't delay, register today. Visit www.boston.gov.uk/LESS
Cllr Mike Gilbert, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for housing, property and community, and who energy switched and saved money on the first occasion, said: "We are always keen to look at new ways to help our residents reduce their monthly outgoings and registering for the Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme could save a worthwhile amount on energy bills and it is an easy process. Alongside this, there are many small actions that residents can do that would help put money back into their pockets."
A similar switching scheme for small and medium businesses (SMEs) is also available using the same website address.
Checking your energy tariff is just one thing you can do to manage your energy bills. There are a number of simple things you can do to reduce how much energy you use:
- Fit draught excluders to your front door, letter box and keyhole;
- Close your curtains at dusk and stop the heat escaping;
- Open internal doors of any rooms which get more sun than others and let the warm air travel around your home;
- Move furniture away from radiators and heaters to allow the heat to circulate around the room;
- Get to know how your heating controls work - and use them! Adjust your heating as the weather changes;
- Defrost your freezer regularly as it will run more efficiently;
- Give your clothes a day in the sun and give your tumble drier a break;
- When boiling the kettle, only put in the amount of water that you need;
- Don't leave your mobile phone on charge all night;
- Try not to leave TVs, DVD players, etc on standby.