Top tips to beat your energy bills when you move home
In terms of saving money on your bills, you’re one step ahead already when you buy a new build Redrow home. Due to the modern methods of construction and materials used, new build properties are designed to be energy efficient, making them more cost effective to run than older homes.
What else can you do to make sure you keep your bills to a minimum?
These days, getting the best deal on your gas, electricity and broadband is pretty quick and simple…if you know how, that is.
Start by checking out how much energy you’re currently using in your current property. This is important, as many suppliers will calculate available tariffs based on your previous consumption. Some people who use a lot of energy might find that a plan which has a fixed standing charge and a lower cost per unit of gas and electricity would work out more cost effective, whereas it wouldn’t be suitable for those households with a lower energy consumption, so it does pay to look at your current usage before you start.
If you can, it’s best to use the kWh figure for your annual consumption, which is easy to find on your annual energy statement. However, if you can’t find that, don’t worry, you’ll be able to get a reasonably accurate quote by using figures from your monthly or quarterly bills too. Do bear in mind though that if your new home is bigger than where you’re living currently, your energy bills may be more expensive, which you’d need to allow for in your household budget.
What tariff should you go for?
There are different ones available, such as flexible tariffs you can exit any time, environmentally-friendly tariffs for those who prefer to use clean energy, or perhaps you’re just looking for the cheapest tariff available, which might mean that you need to lock-in for a pre-determined period, such as two years.
Also, consider how you want to pay your bills; do you prefer to set up a monthly direct debit for your gas, electricity, broadband and water services so you can budget easily and never have the worry of forgetting to pay the bill? Or do you prefer to ‘pay as you go’ and have a bill from each provider every quarter? In some cases, you may find that you’re able to source your gas and electricity from the same company, which can make it easier as you’ll have fewer bills to deal with, although you may find that you’ll get a better deal if you ‘mix and match’ providers.
The good news is that the online tools on sites such as Comparethemarket.com and Uswtich.com will help you to compare between what’s available and which companies can supply you in your new home, so that you can choose the best deal for your circumstances. Once you’ve got your consumption figures to hand and know what sort of tariff you’re looking for, you can hop online and start comparing deals.
One more final tip…
You’ll need to give your new supplier your MPRN or MPAN numbers, which are the unique reference numbers for your gas and electricity supply. This is important, especially with new build properties where the plot number may not correspond to your postal address, so do make sure that your utilities are being supplied to the right property, otherwise you could find yourself paying next door’s gas bill. Which of course, would make you a very lovely neighbour, but perhaps isn’t the money-saving outcome you had in mind!