Energy and Bills

Help with your energy bills

Home is somewhere you want to feel safe and warm, that involves using energy to heat or cool your property, generate hot water and power all your appliances and devices. If you are struggling with your bills, help is out there. Most energy companies now have a fund to help anyone going through hardship, give yours a call and see how they can help.

Suppliers can also provide fuel vouchers to customers on a prepayment meter if they can’t afford to top up.

Did you know that British Gas provide grants for customers and non-customers to help with energy bills so even if you get your gas and electric from another supplier, you can still apply for help!

what is the cheapest way to cook?

ApplianceCost per dayCost per weekCost per monthCost per year
Electric cooker87p£6.09£26.38£316.54
Dual fuel cooker (gas and electric)72p£5.08£22£264.03
Gas cooker33p£2.32£10.07£120.83
Slow cooker16p£1.15£4.98£59.76
Air fryer14p£1.01£4.40£52.74
Prices correct as of September 2022, prices may change however these are indicative of energy use per appliance. Cost is based on constant usage.
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Take a look at how to reset your fuse box if your electric trips out.

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heat the human, not the home

In colder months, and with energy costs soaring, our household energy bills can rise drastically. MoneySavers have shared some tips to ‘heat the human, not the home’ to cut down on energy use.

  • Layer clothing to keep in the heat
  • Eat regularly and try to have at least one hot meal a day
  • Keep your feet warm with rugs and slippers
  • Put your feet up, literally! The floor can be the coldest part of the house
  • Use a sleeping bag or blanket to stay warm
  • Go for a walk or exercise, get the blood flowing

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Take a look at how to bleed your radiators, to maximise your energy efficiency.
ApplianceMethodCost to buyCost per hour
Microwaveable wheat bagMicrowave – 60 seconds£4.001.4p
Hot water bottleBoil water in kettle, or use hot tap£5.507p
Reusable hand warmersBoil in water on hob£5 for a pairLess than 1p
Electric heat padPlug into mains£15.003p
Electric blanketPlug into mains£14.003p
Take a look at how to add emergency credit to your smart meter.

warm homes, healthy people

Warm Homes Healthy People (WHHP) is a Bradford based organisation that can offer free help and advice to Bradford District residents on staying warm and saving money on energy bills, nutrition and health, and debt issues.

They can offer practical help such as repairs to heating, food parcels, Winter warmth packs and emergency heating. As well as offering help and advice on switching tariffs, grants and discounts and debt and benefit advice, they offer energy saving device installations. Energy saving devices include low-energy light bulbs, draught proofing, reflective radiator panels and pipe lagging.

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Yorkshire water

Yorkshire Water have various schemes in place if you are struggling. Please make sure you speak to them before you get into debt. Some of the schemes they have an offer are:

Water SureBill cap scheme for water meter customersCustomers that claim an income-based benefit or Universal Credit, have a medical condition, or have 3+ children
ResolveDebt support schemeCustomers that are struggling to catch up on previous water bills
Water SupportBill cap schemeCustomers who have a low household income and an annual water bill of more than £350
Water DirectDebt support schemeCustomers who receive a deductible income-based benefit
Community TrustDebt support schemeCustomers who have Yorkshire Water arrears between £50 and £2000, and at least one priority debt

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Take a look at how to top up your water pressure on your boiler.


There are ways to get Wi-Fi without a credit check, with bad credit, or while claiming Universal Credit. You could apply for pay-as-you-go mobile broadband or choose a rolling contract e.g. with Plusnet, NOW Broadband or Direct Save Telecom.

If you are claiming benefits you may be eligible to access cut-price reliable broadband and mobile deals, called social tariffs.

Social tariffs are discounted broadband and mobile deals for people on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and other benefits.

These tariffs are delivered in the same way as normal packages, just at a lower price. Amid rising living costs, we’ve been encouraging more broadband and mobile companies to offer social tariffs to help customers on low incomes.

A large number of broadband providers now offer discounted social tariff products, with some offering deals from as low as £15 per month. This could represent a saving of more than £180 per year, which is around 50% compared to the average cost of broadband. Ofcom has more details on its website of those eligible for the social tariffs.

Providers will often work with customers on a case-by-case basis to explore alternative agreements so do contact providers to find out your options.