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Top Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bill for Winter

Top Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bill for Winter

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 12/11/12 -- Asda Mumdex research reveals that two thirds of mums say money and finances are the biggest concern in their life; this comes as energy bills are set to rocket this winter.(i)

The current economic climate is a huge challenge for the nation, particularly cash-strapped families and mums.

Asda Mumdex research shows that 64% of mums pay for bills and deal with service providers; 77% of mums in a relationship manage the household budget.

With this in mind and in the wake of energy suppliers all announcing price hikes, it could be worth finding ways to reduce your energy bill now.

British Gas, SSE, Scottish Power, Npower and EDF Energy have all announced price hikes-pushing up the average annual dual fuel bill by GBP 80-GBP 122.(ii)

Millions of households will be affected by the changes; however, Asda Money offers top tips on how to reduce energy bills this winter.

1. Switch suppliers

One of the most effective and fastest ways of reducing your energy bill is by switching suppliers. The Asda Energy Compare & Save tool could help households save up GBP 331 a year by switching providers online.(iii)

2. Get insulated

There are a number of ways you can try to keep your energy bills down and one of them involves good insulation. Loft insulation, wall cavity insulation and draught exclusion can provide households with a total saving of around GBP 220 a year.(iv) Another way to prevent heat from escaping through windows is to invest in thick curtains and keep them closed.

3. Be energy efficient

A simple and effective way to reduce your energy bills is to reduce your energy usage. Some 25% of an average household's energy consumption is caused by lighting.(v) It could be worth turning off lights in rooms that are not in use and using energy saving lightbulbs instead.

Notes to editors

(i) Source: Asda Mumdex Report August 2012 -centre/asda-mumdex-reveals-changing-role-of-mums-at-work-and-at-home

(ii) Source: The Telegraph lfinance/consumertips/household-bills/9635226/EDF-increases-energy-prices-by-11pc.html

(iii) Source: Asda Money

(iv) Source: The Guardian h ttp:// /householdbills.consumeraffairs

(v) Source: Eartheasy

About Asda Energy Compare & Save

--  Customers can save up to GBP 346(i) per year 
--  All UK suppliers are compared 
--  94% of customers can save(ii) 
--  Switching could take as little as 7 minutes(iii)

(i) At least 10% of customers who used energyhelpline (providers of Asda Energy Compare & Save service) to switch their gas and electricity between 01/01/2011 - 01/03/2012 saved GBP 346 a year or more.

(ii) Based on over 100,000 people comparing their energy with energyhelpline between 29/03/2012 - 11/05/2012.

(iii) At least 10% of customers who used energyhelpline (providers of Asda Energy Compare & Save service) to switch their gas and electricity between 01/08/2011 - 23/02/2012 took 7 minutes or less to complete the switch application.

Asda Energy Compare & Save is provided by energyhelpline. energyhelpline is a free and impartial independent price comparison service. Fully accredited by Consumer Focus, compare all suppliers in the UK to help you find the cheapest energy deal. Contacts: Press Contact Paul Stevens +44 (0)1925 611 026

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