Fuel Poverty & Debt

How to Minimise Fuel Costs

Any action taken to reduce household costs will have a positive effect on fuel poverty.
You can make savings by switching to another Gas or Electricity supplier

You can also switch your tariff and payment method.

To get the best deal search on an accredited internet Price Comparison Website

Then contact the Fuel Supplier with the best deal.

Look for a supplier with the Ofgem Confidence Code.

Switching can be difficult in some circumstances, eg if you have a fuel debt but no prepayment meter.

You can also switch to a Smart Meter

Smart meters run from their own wireless network, like radios, so you don’t need to have an internet connection to get one.

They are installed by your Fuel Supplier free of charge.

They send automatic meter readings so your bills will be more accurate and you don’t need to take meter readings. You can choose how often readings are sent to the supplier- eg every day or every month.

They come with a hand- held device so that you can see how much energy you are using and how much it is costing you.

Smart Prepayment Meters

These can help you to manage your fuel consumption, as you have to top up enough credit on the meter to provide you with the fuel you need.

You can top up your credit online, with an app or by text, as well as in person at a local shop.


  • Maximise your income with a Benefit check, to ensure you claim everything you are entitled to.
  • Create a Budget and try to stick to it. Review it every 6 months, or when your circumstances change. You can find a Budgeting Sheet by clicking here link
  • Shop around for the best prices for items like groceries and the best deals for your phone or broadband. Price comparison websites can help with this.
  • Try to reduce the payments you make for non-priority debts, such as credit cards. Contact deafPLUS if you need help with this.

Date modified: April 06 2020 | Date created: April 06 2020

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