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Warm up for winter without breaking the bank!


1st Jan 2015 Managing your Money

Warm up for winter without breaking the bank!
Summer's over, it's time for that annual big question: when should I turn the heating on? Here's why money needn't be a deciding factor when it comes to turning up the heat.

The cold nights are drawing in

Are you the sort of person to turn the heating on as soon as autumn hits or do you like to see how long you can last? Either way, Strictly and X-Factor have now started and that means long winter nights and Christmas is around the corner.
Curling up on the sofa in a nice warm room is something most of us look forward to, and no one likes getting out of bed in the morning in a cold room. Heating the house shouldn't be a luxury, but unfortunately, higher energy use—regardless of whether your heating is gas or electricity—often that means bigger bills. But it need not be that way, so why do many of us insist on paying more than we need to in order to keep warm?

It's time to stop burning money

If you have not reviewed your electricity and gas supplier for a while, you are quite literally burning money, money that could otherwise be spent on having the heating on more. Exactly how much could you be saving?
It's always worth shopping around to see if you can get yourself a better deal. The problem with energy suppliers is that they (literally and figuratively) hold all the power. How can one individual negotiate a saving of £350? Quite simply, they can't, but imagine the power of hundreds, or even thousands of consumers coming together and negotiating en masse. 
That's exactly what our readers did, they joined our Reader's Digest Collective Energy Switch, and saved an average of £353—whether you spend that on extra heating, some warm winter jumpers, or extra Christmas presents, that's up to you.

How does it work?

Joining our collective switching powerhouse is easy. All you need is a recent bill at hand, with a statement of your energy usage, fill in your details, and sit back and wait for the savings. We handle everything else:
  • Register online. It's free and only takes a few minutes
  • We hold an auction with the suppliers using the combined buying power of the group
  • You accept or decline the personalised offer detailing a new tariff and how much it will save you
  • We oversee the switching process
Simple, fast, no fuss—you could be saving in no time!