Home energy bills to rise after bout of cold weather

Households can take a number of steps to limit the cost of home energy during the freezing weather.

The Independent said that the initial step should be working out if you can find a better deal, with annual savings of up to £430 possible if you haven't changed your supplier in the past year.

With the Met Office having issued severe weather warnings for a number of regions across Britain, millions of homes are expected to turn up their heating in a bid to stave off the cold.

This will result larger-than-normal energy bills, but the newspaper also highlights the importance of installing a more energy-efficient boiler, with the government having made this easier with the introduction of its scrappage scheme.

Having taken effect earlier this week, those with G-rated boilers are entitled to a £400 discount on the cost of a modern, A-rated model.

British Gas announced this week that it will match the £400 discount offered by the government is customers buy a new boiler from the energy company.

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