We are all looking for ways to economise as much as we can to reduce monthly expenditure. Unfortunately, one of the biggest ways of saving money seems to be ignored by the majority of households.

Energy suppliers offer subsidies to make our homes more energy efficient that we don’t always take advantage of. In some cases the energy saving measure may even be free if you are claiming certain benefits so it is worth checking if you qualify.

Can you afford to ignore?

The value of property in the UK is increasing day by day and one of the ways to maximise this increase is to have your property as energy efficient as possible. A recent report clearly shows buyers much prefer an energy efficient home and are willing to pay more for it. It is a fact your home could be worth up to 5-10% more if it is highly energy efficient, so just ask yourself can you afford to miss this?

Ways to save money

1. Insulate your home to reduce loss of heat

2. Check your boiler is working efficiently

3. Insulate your pipes

4. Check your hot water tank is working efficiently

5. Use energy efficient light bulbs

6. Check all you window’s for drafts

Need some help?

It is easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation select your requirement and just click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. This action could save you a great deal of money over the long term.

Energy bills set to rocket:

Research shows that, on average, we are spending an extra 80p a day on heating our homes to beat the freezing temperatures, and that kind of spending can quickly ramp up.

Indeed, with much of the country having experienced sub-zero temperatures for 16 days of the year so far, an extra £18m has been spent every day across the UK's 28m households, which means that between us, we've spent a whopping £273m extra on our heating bills – and all in just 16 days.

Unfortunately, worse could be to come: not only have we had freezing temperatures in January, but February and March will probably see several providers ramp up their prices, which means we could be spending even more on our gas and electricity in the months ahead.

Brits are in for a double blow as record sub-zero temperatures in January will be followed closely by price rises in March.

The price rises are expected to be in the region of between 5 and 10%, at least for electricity, which means your energy bills could take a definite hit. The impact on a typical household bill will be an extra £50-£100 a year.

Time to review your homes energy efficiency:

With this breaking news now is a very good time to check your homes energy efficiency. Many people are still unaware making their home more energy efficient can be done very cheaply and in some instances for free.

Also remember it is a fact that an energy efficient house can be worth as much as 5% more than one that is not, can you afford to miss this?

Just check out on this site to see if you qualify for assistance, time spent now could save you hundreds of £££££££’s in the future.

Bills on the up!

Npower has announced that its raising its standard energy prices by an average of 9.8% – and it's received huge amounts of criticism as a result.

The 9.8% increase is made up of a 4.8% rise to gas prices and a whopping 15% increase to electricity prices, which means the typical dual fuel bill will rise by an average of £109. The new charges are set to come into effect on 16 March and are expected to impact half of the firm's 2.8m customers, with pre-payment customers and those on fixed rate tariffs not affected.

Unsurprisingly, such a huge increase hasn't gone unnoticed, with the dramatic hike in electricity prices gaining particular attention. The firm says that this is the first time it's increased rates since October 2013, blaming the rise on increased wholesale energy costs and the cost of delivering various Government policies, but that certainly won't placate the 1.4m people who are set to feel the impact on their budgets.

Customers who have been identified as being particularly vulnerable won't face the price increase until May. Npower have revealed the launch of a new tariff to encourage more engagement. The new deal is a four-year tariff that will be offered at a 4.8% discount with no exit fee, and is exclusive to current customers, to encourage them to switch from their standard tariff onto a fixed rate. This will hopefully mean that said customers can avoid being hit with such a rate hike, but the fact that npower is raising prices so much to begin with is attracting serious criticism.

As a homeowner now would be a good time to check your house is energy efficient as experts don’t think this will be an end to prices being hiked. Brexit talks are looming and the pound is still weak, this is a recipe for increased energy prices so do check out the energy saving measures on this site to see if you qualify for assistance. You may be pleasantly surprised to find you are entitled to a service free of charge, so get checking straight away.

Get your boiler checked

February is the peak month for boiler repairs, which rises over 63% compared to the monthly average.

With the Met Office recently issuing a severe weather warning for the UK, it is estimated that more boiler repair call outs will follow.

Prevention better than cure

With the average broken boiler costing almost £500 to fix, it could be a very good time to have your checked and serviced as prevention is better than cure.

Being caught out without heating in the winter can be particularly unpleasant especially if you have young children.

Top tips to maintain your boiler

Keep your heating on low: Sudden cold temperatures can freeze your boilers external condensate pipe which could cause your boiler to stop working. Insulating the pipes can help or try keeping the heating on low when it’s very cold.

Bleed your radiators: If your property isn’t getting as warm as you think it should be, there may be air trapped inside the heating system. Releasing air from the system is simple but you will need a key which can slot into the radiators bleed valve. If you still have a problem after doing this, you may need to call in the professionals.

Keep your boiler maintained: Make sure you service your boiler and keep it maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Check regularly for any warning signs such as leaks, cracks or noises as the sooner you can identify a problem, the easier it will be to fix.

Older boilers

If your boiler is over 8 years old, it may well be a very good idea to check out if you could be entitled to a new one free of charge. Just select the relevant benefit on this site and see if you qualify.

Be energy efficient:

Much of the country is in the midst of a cold snap, and those freezing temperatures mean the heating system could be working overtime and your heating cost will go up as a result. But what if you could keep your bills under control without having to battle hypothermia? The key is being energy efficient.

Research has uncovered a widespread lack of knowledge about energy efficiency, with just 14% of respondents knowing that the optimal temperature for a home is 21°C, with 24% believing it to be higher than that. Similarly, respondents also underestimate the amount of money spent to power appliances on standby mode: 17% believe that £41 to £50 is spent each year by leaving appliances on standby, when actually it's almost twice that, costing an average of £80.

Despite these clear energy mistakes, it seems that most people think they're pretty good when it comes to energy saving, with 70% of those polled describing themselves as energy efficient. It's perhaps for this reason that people don't view investing in energy efficient measures a priority: respondents spent an average of £315 on boosting the energy efficiency of their home over the last year, compared with £900 spent on improving the look and decoration of their property.

However, having an energy-efficient home can be a key factor when selling a property – 73% said they take it into account when looking to buy – so focusing on improving it could be profitable in more ways than one.

The vast majority of people in this research also didn’t know that some energy efficient measures can be installed in the home free of charge. Check out on this site to see if you are entitled to any assistance or grants, a little time spent now could save thousands in the long run.