Halloween is upon us and here at Love Energy Savings we can’t think of anything more terrifying than a monstrously large energy bill rampaging its way into your home or business.
You’ve budgeted for the month and precisely calculated how much disposable income you have to spend, so receiving an unusually hefty energy bill might not be something you are financially prepared for. The extra money you’ll have to pay upfront could easily set you back for a good few months and leave you wondering why your energy bill was so high.
These are some of the reasons why your energy bill might have soared.
You’ve Used More Energy Than Usual
While it is easy to jump to conclusions and blame the energy company for messing up your bill, take a moment to consider whether you have used more energy than usual this month.
At Love Energy Savings, we know that little things can make a huge difference to your energy consumption. Before you unleash your vengeance upon a poor call centre operative, think about how this month has differed compared to the last.
Have you recently started working from home a few days a week? Has a friend been crashing on your sofa? Or perhaps the weather was unexpectedly colder than usual and you used more heating?
While these additions may seem too small to cause a colossal bill, energy consumption soon racks up and even adding an extra shower to your everyday energy usage can add serious figures on to your bill.
Your Energy Prices Have Risen
Your energy supplier should provide you with 30 days’ notice prior to increasing their prices. If you never received this letter or email, make sure you check the price on your bills and compare it to previous bills to check whether there has been a change to your tariff.
It’s also worth checking that your supplier has all of your correct details.
Paying Off Estimated Meter Readings
Many of us are used to paying monthly estimated amounts, which go towards the bill once the meter has been read. However, if you are the unlucky occupier who moved in 2 months before the meter was due to be read, or haven’t been paying the estimated amounts for very long, you might be landed with a huge catch-up bill.
There Is A Mistake On Your Bill
Don’t assume that your bill is always correct. With thousands of customers to deal with companies can often muddle their numbers and make mistakes.
Always check whether the correct details are on your bill, such as account number, name and property address. Confirm that the meter readings used to calculate your bill are the ones you submitted when you first moved in.
It is crucial that you submitted meter readings upon occupancy of the property, or you are at risk of being charged for someone else's energy use.
Nobody wants to receive a shocking energy bill, especially during the run up to Christmas when every penny counts. Keep track of your energy usage over the winter months to make sure you don’t use too much. If you feel that you are being charged too much, why not consider switching energy suppliers?
Our simple online comparison tool can help you identify the cheapest tariff for your home or business, so try it today and see if you can save! Alternatively, you can call one of our expert energy advisors right now on 0800 9888 375.