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Winter is coming! Are your bills ready?

It's not just this weekend that's going to see snow. If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, you might just be in luck. But that's bad news for anyone who pays the energy bill.

Climate experts are predicting one of the coldest winters in recent history. Snow storms are expected to hit the country with temperatures set to drop to zero degrees from Saturday.

As a result of the oncoming cold front, households will spend an extra £46 on energy this year. Gas bills in particular are set to rise by 6.2% as customers turn the heating up in the face of freezing temperatures, according to new research from Comparethemarket.com.

One third of consumers admit to being ‘shocked’ by their energy bills, but this is set to get worse as they try to stay warm this winter. But, never fear, there are a few proven ways you can slash your heating costs this winter.

Stay toasty and keep your bills under control

There are plenty of ways to save money on your energy bill – even when it’s freezing!

For example, you could try turning the thermostat down by just one degree. This can knock up to 10% off your heating bill. You can also make sure you turn off electronics when you’re not using them and switching off lights when no one is in the room.

You can also consider getting better insulation for your home and old boilers.  There are a number of government grants available to households looking to become more energy efficient.

It’s not too late to switch!

Changing your energy supplier is one of the quickest and easiest ways to save on your energy bill – especially if you’ve never switched before. It shouldn’t take longer than 17 days and, according to energy regulator Ofgem, households can save up to £200 by changing provider.

You can switch supplier using a price comparison website, over the phone, or by using an energy switching app. If you don’t want to change provider, you might be able to get a cheaper deal without switching supplier. Just contact your current supplier and ask if they have cheaper tariffs.

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