Whether we like it or not, household bills equate to some of our biggest monthly outgoings. From water to electricity, gas to council tax, the cost of running your home all adds up. However, where it may be easy to complain about the high costs of bills these days, the question is, are we doing all we can to save money on our bills?
Results of a recent NatWest survey revealed that, across Great Britain, consumers are missing out on opportunities to save money on their household bills.
Where switching providers can often offer a chance to save money, almost a third of consumers never shop around for a better deal on their household bills, with households in Scotland, Wales and London the least likely to do so. Landline phone bills come out on top as the bill which people are least likely to shop around on, with 37% of consumers admitting to never shopping around, followed by TV paid packages (35%) and mobile phone bills (32%).
When it comes to energy usage, the vast majority feel that they are energy conscious to some extent, with the most popular energy saving devices in the home being double glazing, energy saving light bulbs and insulation for both loft and walls. However, around half of consumers in Great Britain still feel that they could be doing more.
Perhaps this is in part due to a lack of awareness of the energy saving schemes available through the government and energy suppliers, designed in order to make homes more energy efficient. The survey revealed that a third of consumers aged 18-34 were unaware of these grants and where awareness was higher with older generations, still 1 in 10 over 65s were unaware of the help available.
So, whether it’s shopping around for a better deal, or looking into the help available when it comes to saving energy, it appears that there is still much more we could be doing to save money on our household bills.