Although there’s no getting away from the fact that utility bills probably account for a large chunk of your monthly outgoings, the good news is there are some quick and easy ways to reduce them. From energy and water to broadband and mobile phones, here are our top tips for saving on your household bills.
Switch providers Price comparison websites have made it quicker and easier than ever to see how much you could save by switching energy providers. The Energy Shopping Website is a good place to start, with its list of Ofgem accredited price comparison sites
Make your home more eco friendly Start small by replacing old light bulbs with energy saving ones or cut your bills even further by using energy efficient appliances - look for appliances with the top energy rating (A+++).
Cut your usage It sounds simple, but small changes like turning down your thermostat by just 1°C and turning out the lights when you leave the room can make a big difference to your bills over the course of a year. Try using an energy monitor or smart meter to see just how much electricity you’re using and where you could be more energy efficient.
Water meter If you currently pay a fixed price for your water bill, t could be worth checking with your supplier if switching to a water meter would work out better for you, where you only pay for the water you use.
Use less As well as plumping for water-efficient dishwashers and washing machines, which save electricity as well as water, get smart in the bathroom with a water-efficient showerhead or a showersave. You can also reduce the amount of water your toilet uses by fitting devices like Hippos and Save-a-Flush in your cistern.
Switch You could cut your bills by switching to a new provider at the end of your current contract, or try haggling with your existing provider if you find a better price on a price comparison site.
Check your speed Are you paying for more speed or data than you’re actually using? Or are you going over your data allowance and being charged extra? Work out your needs and find a package to suit you.
You’ll find lots more tips like these on the Money Advice Service's guide to cutting costs