“I’m worried by how much money I spend on gas. My home is cold and draughty. How can I cut my bills?”


The good news is that there are a few different ways you can use less energy, and also pay less for what you use.


Start by checking how much you’re paying per unit (on your latest bill). Then use Citizens Advice’s online energy price comparison tool at https://energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk/ to check if a different supplier is offering a cheaper deal.


If you do find a better offer, call or email the new supplier and ask to move to the tariff you’ve identified. They’ll inform your old supplier and switch you over to their supply. This normally takes 17 days.


You should also look into improving your insulation. Your local Citizens Advice can advise you on this, and on whether you are eligible for financial assistance.


Free, confidential advice and help is available from South Lakes Citizens Advice on any aspect of debt, consumer problems, benefits, housing, employment or any other problems. We have various outlets across South Lakeland and can also give advice over the phone – telephone 03444 111 444 for an appointment and help. (Please note the new number.) 015394 46464 for on-going enquiries. South Lakes Citizens Advice is a registered charity, No: 1118656 and company limited by guarantee, No: 6113551. FRN: 617574