Energy is one of the most expensive purchases we make and we all need it to keep warm, to study and have fun! So what can you do to help keep the costs down - apart from studying by candlelight? Here are 5 tips from 'Be An Energy Shopper' to help you make sure you are on the best deal for you.
1. Check your tenancy agreement
Under Ofgem rules, if you’re a tenant and directly responsible for paying the gas and/or electricity bills, then you have the right to choose who your supplier is. Your landlord or letting agent cannot unreasonably stop you switching. Your landlord can only choose the energy supplier if they’re directly responsible for paying the gas and/or electricity bills.
2. Take meter readings
On the day you move in, make sure you take a meter reading and call the current supplier to let them know what it is. Also do the same when you move out.
3. Understand your bill
Check out Ofgem's website which provides helptul tips and information about getting to know your energy bill which will help you understand your bill.
4. What's important to you?
Think about what’s important to you in buying your energy – we all want to save money but other things, such as renewable energy, may be as important or maybe more important to you.
5. Keep looking for better deals
Don’t forget you might be able to get a better deal with your current supplier – contact them to find out. If you do decide to change supplier you may have to pay back any money you owe first. Price comparison sites make the switching process easy – Ofgem has a 'Confidence Code'.
Member switching sites must follow key principles for how they operate their service. So using a site with the Confidence Code logo means that the process of switching should be easier, more reliable and reassuring for you. You can find a list of sites that are signed up to the Confidence Code here.