Many householders in Leeds find it difficult to pay for their fuel, particularly with the recent hikes in energy prices. In Leeds alone it has been estimated that a third of householders find it increasingly difficult to pay their energy bills.
There are ways to keep the cost of your gas and electric bills down and options if you are in arrears.
Contact Energy Supplier
If you are in arrears with your gas or electricity bill, contact your supplier to arrange to pay them back at an affordable rate.
Options may include:
- your suppliers cheapest tariff
- fuel direct – deductions from benefits to pay your bills and arrears
- pre-payment meter
- switching suppliers
- other sources of help towards arrears
Switch suppliers to save
You could save money by changing to a gas or electric supplier offering a better deal. The Go Energy Shopping website is run by the energy regulator, OFGEM to provide information and advice to households on switching to the best energy tariff. The site includes a list of OFGEM accredited switching websites to help you find the best energy supplier for you.
Warm Home Discount
The Warm Home Discount (WHD) is funded by energy suppliers and provides a rebate to vulnerable energy consumers on their electricity bill. Details of the discount are provided by Consumer Focus and the energy companies themselves
If you receive a benefit such as income support, jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance or pension credit, you may prefer to have an amount deducted from your regular benefit payment to cover your fuel bills and arrears. Find out how to apply from Consumer Focus.