MILLIONS of households will be able to get free energy advice as the government launches a new website today – and it could save you hundreds.
The country’s finances are being battered by a cost of living crisis as bills ranging from food and fuel to energy soar.
Energy bills are expected to reach almost £3,000 by the end of the year, and at least six million people owe their energy supplier money.
To help households through the crisis, the government is launching a new energy advice website giving advice on how to reduce your energy consumption and improve efficiency, The Sun can reveal.
It claims the average saving you could make is £300.
But the exact amount you could save will depend on a number of factors, such as the size of your home.
To use the tool, go to gov.uk Energy efficiency advice portal.
The site will ask you a number of questions about your property to give you advice on what improvements you could make.
Make sure you have details of your property handy, including its size, whether it’s detached or semi-detached, and its age.
You will also be asked about any improvements you have already made, such as installing a heat pump.
You will then receive advice on how to save money – this could range from loft insulation to double glazing.
The site will also list any grants you may be eligible for to help make your home greener – such as a home upgrade grant which could be worth up to £6,000.
However, homeowners will want to be aware of the upfront costs you’ll have to pay for some green upgrades – like installing solar panels and heat pumps – even with a subsidy in place.
Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan said: “Some of the simplest improvements can be the most effective and now is the time to act to ensure your home is ready for the colder months. .
“I urge owners to log on, use this new website and see the changes you can make now that could save you hundreds of pounds on your bills this winter.”
It comes as the government revealed the £400 energy bill rebate – announced earlier this year in the former chancellor’s cost of living budget – will be handed out in October.
Energy providers will pay the £400 aid in six installments over several months worth between £66 and £67.
But with the energy price cap set to reach £3,500 – or around £291 a month over the next year – a single payment worth less than £70 a month will barely hit the sides.
If not, how can I get help with my energy bills?
Energy providers are offering cash grants to those hardest hit by rising bills.
For example, British Gas is distributing up to £750 through its hardship fund.
But the amount may vary depending on your provider and your situation.
It’s not just Universal Credit claimants who can get help, but if you’re on the benefit and have a low income, you might qualify.
Ask your provider what’s on offer and how to apply, or check here:
You can get £150 off your energy bills with the Warm Home Discount scheme, which will open for applications later this year.
It was previously worth £140 but has been increased by £10 for the next batch of payments – and you should take your claim to your provider.
The program is currently closed, but you should keep an eye out for it to launch later in 2022.
Some charities have a set amount of money to give to people who are struggling financially.
Turn2Us has a free grant finder so you can find out what help is available to you.