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Cutting back on household bills
The energy regulator has said that it is considering a ban on unjustified price differences in the energy market to address concerns that customers are being charged differing amounts according to their payment methods.
Ofgem also said that it was planning measures that will improve customer service, including simplified information about tariffs to help people decide whether they need to switch supplier.
All of which could lead to cheaper bills for energy customers. But until this happens, there are a number of simple steps you can take to reduce your household bills.
The website 0870buster.com, which has only just launched this week, will help you to cut down on your phone bill. The site is a free telephone directory that provides alternative numbers for companies at a standard rate instead of the usual premium rate numbers.
Switching your gas and electricity suppliers, meanwhile, can save you hundreds of pounds a year. Thisismoney.co.uk will help you work out how much you could save a year by switching to a cheaper supplier. The results will be more accurate if you have a bill to hand, but you can still use it if you do not.
The site, with the help of energyhelpline.com, will also help you to make the switch once you are ready.
Unravelit.com helps you to save money on household and personal bills by allowing you to compare prices on numerous products, including gas and electricity, insurance, phone bills, credit cards, broadband and loans. It also offers information about switching for business owners.
There are also savings to be made on water bills. This moneysavingexpert.com guide to cutting water bills compares meters and regular billing to help you work out what is best for you and possibly saving you a few hundred pounds a year in the process.