Save on your Energy and Phone Bills
Do you know just how
much you can save by changing your supplier? This page links to several sites
and services that can help you to bring down the amount you spend each month
on gas, electricity and phone bills
Fuel bills continue to rise...
Still paying more than you have to?
Lowering your gas
and electricity bills
Changing your energy
suppliers is a good way to save money. Changing is as easy as filling in
a simple form, and waiting. The process takes about a month, and then you
The best bet, is to try an online comparison site, to get a feel for how
much you could save. Try the following links, and have your recent bills
handy, to find out how making a simple switch could save you lots:
bill comparison site for fuel, phone and digital TV. Site accredited by Consumer Focus
an average saving of £150 with this Energywatch accredited comparison
site, and save estimates for 90 days
also worth looking at London
Energy as they're currently offering Nectar
points on new signups, and 150 points for every quarter that you remain
a London Energy customer. You can switch to other providers for free
your phone bill
TalkTalk is receiving a lot of press at the moment, partly through recent Big Brother sponsorship, and partly as a result of their "Free Broadband" launch in April 2006. They're also offering some solid home phone tariffs...
you can talk for free, for as long as you like, to other TalkTalk customers.
For other calls, the rates are guaranteed lower than BT's, and there's no
signup or rental fee on their standard Talk1 plan. No catch - no minimum
contract, and free calls to other customers.
We've been with them for some months now,
and have noticed considerable savings on our BT bill. Hard to see how you can lose! Also, from August 2005, they started offering Nectar points
Take a look at their site for more details... www.talktalk.co.uk.
Skype - Voice Over Internet (VoIP) is the next big thing in telecoms - using this service from Skype, you can route your phone calls over the Internet - the upshot of this is that if you're calling long distance or overseas, your call cost drops drastically, as the long-haul part of the call goes over the Internet, and drops down to standard phone service for the final leg of the journey. Prices for calling the US equate to 1.4p per minute, versus 9p-15p on BT Together. No contracts or line rental.
The basic Skype service is free, so why not download the Skype application from www.skype.com, and give it a test drive. More on our sister site FileSaveAs
is another site that you should check out. Their UK telephone suppliers
calculator is the first and only website to get Oftel accreditation. By
entering your postcode and a few details, get an independent view on who
is the cheapest residential phone provider for you.
Try their calculator at www.uSwitch.com
The Money Diet, by money saving expert Martin Lewis. This book contains over 400 pages of excellent financial advice including sections called "forget loyalty", "find the loopholes" and "be a better shopper", this book is our top recommendation. Help with current accounts, mortgages, consumer law, broadband and mobile costs, savings accounts and shopping around.
Sound advice from a respected source. Recommended price £7.99. Amazon price £3.99
Changing supplier isn't just limited
to your gas or electricity supplier. Changing mobile
phone supplier (to, say, o2 online), your bank
(to the Lloyds TSB Classic plus), or your Internet
Service Provider (to Virgin Media),
can also bring great savings.
- It's usually cheaper paying by
- Don't forget, when estimating your
bills, look at a full years worth of bills, not just your last one. This
gives you a true picture of seasonal changes.
- It's not always cheaper getting
your gas and electricity from the same place
- Shop for the best deal, and don't
be afraid to move again when a better offer comes along
- See our top
tips page for some other useful suggestions
house is a great time to reconsider changing suppliers. Instead of
sticking with your current provider, make the break when you move