It's important to check your gas and electric bills to see if you are paying too much. Follow these steps:
1. Check with your current supplier
Your current energy supplier may be able to offer you a cheaper tariff or one that promises not to increase prices for a while.
If you’re having difficulty paying your bills, speak to your supplier as soon as you can. They'll let you know how they can help you avoid getting into debt.
If you're already in debt, you may be able to agree on a repayment plan to pay your arrears or have a prepayment meter installed. Payments can be taken from your benefits to pay off an energy bill debt if you receive certain means-tested benefits, including Pension Credit. This is known as the Fuel Direct Scheme.
2. Check how you're paying
Are you paying your energy bills in the most efficient way? Most suppliers offer a discount if you pay by direct debit, up to £100, compared to paying your bill by cash or cheque.
Sign up to paperless billing. This means you won’t receive bills in the post and will instead manage your account online.
3. Check if you're claiming all benefits
Up to £5.5bn of mean-tested benefits went unclaimed by older people in 2009-10. Your supplier may be able to offer you a discount if you are on certain benefits too.
Use our quick and easy online benefits calculator to find out what you may be entitled to claim or check our guide to heating benefits to see what help is available.