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Support with rising energy costs

Find out how you can get support with rising energy costs.

Ways to lower energy bills

Smart Meters

One way to ensure you’re only paying for the energy you use is to install a smart meter in your home. Smart meters eliminate the need for providers to ‘guess’ at the amount of gas or electricity you use (usually based on general trends rather than individual usage) and also help when you’re unable to submit your own manual readings, especially useful for those with mobility issues or hard-to-reach meters.

Upgrading your boiler

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is a government programme to support the decarbonisation of homes. It can provide you with a grant of £5,000 to £6,000 to help you replace a fossil fuel heating system with a low-carbon heating system. These can be more energy efficient and help lower your bills.

Energy saving tips

There are practical tips for lowering energy usage (and therefore costs) in your home from the Energy Saving Trust. These include improving your loft and wall insulation, draught-proofing your home, and even installing your own energy-generating devices such as solar panels. Even little fixes around the home can mount up to significant savings in your energy bills, such as:

  • boiling the kettle for cooking water and only boiling it as much as you need
  • cleaning out your radiators to make them more effective
  • closing your curtains to help keep heat in
  • using energy-efficient lightbulbs

You can find more energy-saving tips on the government website.

Saving energy at home

Many homes in Westminster are energy inefficient, making them expensive to keep warm and healthy. Find more information on how to reduce energy costs.

Changing energy providers

Switching your energy provider could be a good way of saving money on your energy bills.

Always remember to keep an eye on your energy bills and to regularly check with price comparison sites to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.

Published: 22 March 2023

Last updated: 24 October 2023