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Why Are My Energy Bills So High? - Top 6 Reasons Your Energy Bill Is So High

Home Energy Bills

If you’ve been wondering ‘why are my energy bills high?’, you aren’t alone. High energy bills aren’t uncommon, but they are unwanted stress. And more often than not, consumers can’t understand how they are burning through so much gas and electricity.

There are many possible reasons as to why your home energy bills are high, and now’s the time to find out why. Getting to the root of the cause will allow you to take action, reduce energy costs and ultimately, save money for the important things in life.

The quickest way to save on your gas and electricity is to switch energy suppliers.

It's easy to compare and switch gas and electricity prices. You can change energy suppliers after just 28 days. We're not suggesting that your switch energy supplier every month, but it is a reminder that gas and electricity prices are always changing. So, if you've not switched energy supplier in a while, or want to fix your energy prices before the price cap increase, it may be time now.

Before you rush off to switch energy supplier, we've put together this guide to help you find out why your energy bills are so high so you can avoid costly mistakes in the future. We'll also provide information on switching energy to a new supplier, exit fees, spotting the best energy deal & more. 

Top 6 Reasons Your Energy Bill is So High

Leaving appliances on standby

Leaving appliances on standby rather than switching them off properly is one of the most common reasons for high energy bills. So, always be sure to switch off any devices properly, even if they go into power-saving mode. Also, don't forget to flick the switch off after charging mobile devices. Energy will continue to flow through cables regardless of whether or not your device is plugged in. 

Heat Loss Caused By Poor insulation

Poor insulation is one of the leading culprits when it comes to costly energy bills. Heat escaping your home will drive your gas and electricity usage up as poorly insulated properties allow heat to escape easily.

Many homeowners just turn up their thermometer and hope for the best. This is why your energy bills are increasing.

It's important that we’re mindful of the impact of poor insulation, particularly during the cooler months. As we move into autumn and winter and we begin to use our central heating systems more frequently, we want to feel confident that our properties will contain the heat. Otherwise, we aren't feeling the effects of our central heating when we need it most and we'll be paying over the odds for our heating bill.

If your home has insulation issues and you’re keen to bring your energy bill down, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can fix the problem easily, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. To find out more about insulating your property, check out our Home Insulation Guide.

Old boiler

Forking out a shed load of cash for a new boiler can feel gut-wrenching. But how much money could you save on your gas and electricity by upgrading your system?

Old boilers are less energy efficient and over time, will begin to require more frequent services and repairs. These services and repairs cost money. Investing in a new boiler will bring the price of your gas and electricity down making heating your home much more affordable.

There are several options to choose from when it comes to choosing a new boiler, and one that you may not have heard of before is a biomass boiler. Designed with the planet in mind, biomass boilers are more energy efficient. To find out more, check out our blog post ‘Could A Biomass Boiler Save You Money On Your Energy Bills?

You can find out more about the importance of boiler efficiency here.

Price Increases

The Energy Price Cap has been announced and is coming in October. Getting ahead and fixing your gas and electricity prices now will help soften the blow of the price increase.

Your energy supplier may increase your energy rates at any time, causing your energy bill to rise. If you’d like to find out if your tariff has increased, take your most recent energy bill and compare it with the previous month. By doing this, you can gauge the difference between your two bills and note whether there has been an increase. 

If you're unhappy with your energy supplier and you're keen to save money, why not perform a price comparison? An energy comparison will allow you to compare energy prices and switch energy suppliers easily. You can compare energy prices here.

Inaccurate Estimates

It is possible that your bill from your energy supplier is based on an estimation, rather than your actual gas and electricity usage taken from a meter reading. This happens when you do not have a smart meter installed and you have not taken any manual meter readings.

Smart meters are a great solution for those that want more control over their dual fuel consumption. Smart meters record & communicate how much energy you are using, allowing you to monitor your energy consumption. 

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