Utilities can mean many things, but in this context, we are referring to the companies that are involved in the delivery, production and service of natural assets. Ranging from water to electricity and natural gas. At least two of these utilities are used by most homes in the UK.
With energy costs regularly rising way ahead of inflation, and with stiff competition from the energy providers to get your business, there has never been a better time to review your gas and electric tariffs and/or suppliers. Providing you have not agreed to a minimum contract based on a reduced tariff already, moving to a different provider is not only free from any cost, but it is extremely easy. The changes are all to do with the supply and will not affect anything within your home.
Your main utility suppliers will be those responsible for the following services:
You don’t normally have a choice over which company supplies your water service, as there will only be one provider in your area. You do however have a choice of who supplies your electricity and gas supply. Read our tips on how best to reduce the amount of water you use and how to ensure that it is reflected in the amount you pay for your water supply.
When you move home, there will normally already be a company supplying gas to the property. You, as the new owner do not have a relationship with that supplier and therefore are not obliged to use their services. Read our section on Gas for further information. Not only will you get tips on how to reduce your gas consumption, but you’ll also be able to compare the rate you are currently paying for your gas with the best available tariffs on the market.
Five minutes of your time spent now could end up saving you £100′s on your gas bills over the coming months.
As with gas, there will normally already be a supplier to your property. Again, you are under no obligation to remain with that supplier. Moving home is an ideal time to compare the various tariffs around to get the best deal available. Read our section on Electric for more information. Our energy-saving tips and electricity suppliers comparison charts will help you to decide which is the best electric provider for you. With over 75% of households paying more for their electricity that the cheapest tariff on the market today, its more than likely that you will be able to reduce your electric bills by making a simple phone call.
Once you’ve reviewed both your gas and electric tariffs and/or suppliers read our section on broadband and TV and see what else you can do to either improve your existing service and/or save yourself money doing so.
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