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Get ready for winter

Lerwick, Shetland in Winter

Now that the nights have started drawing in it’s time to think about how you can get ready for winter. As temperatures drop there are a few potential challenges when it comes to saving energy, saving money and keeping warm.

Energy prices have come down a little bit since last year – but you can still save even more money by making some quick changes to how you heat your home. You can also prepare your transport options and check you’ve got the right kind of meter to save some cash.

Get your home ready for winter

There are plenty of ways you can save money on your heating costs this winter. If you’re looking for some big changes you can make to keep the heat in, click here to try our home energy check for suggestions specific to your property.

There’s some funding available to help you make these changes. Our funding finder will give you an idea of what’s available in your area.

Only looking to make some small changes? These still add up. Energy Saving Trust have an excellent list of quick switches you can make.

We also have some advice for renters, found here.

Get your transport ready for winter

You can save even more money by opting for greener transport options. Cycling comes with unique challenges in the winter but it’s still worth making the switch. Reducing your car journeys by just 25% could save you £202 per year on fuel costs. Check out our guide to winter cycling for some tips on keeping warm and safe on the journey.

Public transport is another great option. As we get closer to the end of the year you might want to attend more events. Opting for public transport helps you avoid congestion and means you can enjoy a drink at the event. For more tips on sustainable transport over winter, and avoiding disruption, read this blog.

Electric vehicles are another great option. They’re better for the planet and often cheaper to fuel. Check out this guide from Energy Saving Trust for more info.

Get your energy consumption down this winter

One of the best ways to keep on top of your consumption is to make sure you get a smart meter. Many energy suppliers now offer these for free. You can see exactly when you are using most energy and plan accordingly. More info about how smart meters can help you can be found here.

With energy prices coming down slightly you might also be thinking about switching supplier this winter. There are a few suppliers that are now offering fixed rate tariffs; but there’s a few things to keep in mind before fixing your rate. Some deals involve exit fees, and if the prices drop further you’ll miss out on further savings. Alternatively, you might want to switch to a supplier that offers free smart meters to help you manage your consumption. Read this advice from Ofgem before committing to any tariff.

What other help is available

If you’re experiencing issues with your energy supplier and would like some help Citizens Advice Scotland are available. You can get advice online or by visiting them in person at your local branch. They can also help you with other financial, employment or housing concerns.

For free and impartial advice on how you can reduce your emissions, save money on your energy bills and keep your home warm give us a call on 0808 808 2282. Prefer to keep in touch online? Fill in our contact form for advice via email, or send us a private message on Facebook.