AS energy companies announce increases, the annual average dual fuel bill is being pushed up from £1,094 to £1,265, an increase of £171.
With the remaining energy providers predicted to follow suit, most of us will look at ways to reduce costs â€“ and one of the ways to save energy.
Top money saving and energy saving tips for the home include:
Insulate your loft - About 25% of heat in an un-insulated house escapes through the roof.
Opt for loft insulation with strong eco credentials and great thermal performance.
Install cavity wall insulation. If your house was built after the 1920s it is likely to have cavity walls. If these arenâ€™t insulated, you can arrange for a professional to complete the work in a day. Cavity wall insulation pays for itself in around two years, and it will typically save around 15% on your homeâ€™s fuel bills.
Install solid wall insulation. Older houses built before 1920 often have solid walls and are more expensive to insulate, but also cost more to heat.
Around 7 million solid wall properties in the UK are un-insulated but with potential fuel bill savings starting it is worth considering.
Fit double glazing. Old single glazed windows are a major source of heat loss.
Double glazed windows will not only keep the heat in but they will reduce noise, improving your level of comfort.
Make sure the windows you choose carry a BFRC label which indicates a good energy efficiency rating.
Draught proof gaps. If you have poorly sealed windows and doors you may be losing a significant amount of heat through the gaps.
Although draught proofing is a simple DIY job that can be done at home, it can be more complicated if you have an older property. If this is the case it may be wise to call in a professional. Costs start at around Â£100.