Electricity and gas
Now’s a good time to check that you’re on the best tariff. You might save money by switching supplier and changing the way you pay for your electricity and gas eg by changing to a direct debit.
It’s also a good idea to take regular meter readings and give them to your supplier so that your bills are accurate.
The Consumer Council for Northern Ireland has a free energy price comparison tool with updated gas and electricity tariffs. You can use it to check how much money you could save.
There are also ways you can save money and energy just by making small changes. Our quick tips on saving energy in your home are a great place to start.
Oil stamp saving scheme
Some local councils and not for profit organisations in Northern Ireland have set up oil stamp saving schemes to help consumers pay for home heating oil.
Through these schemes, if you live in specific council areas, you can buy home heating oil stamps from certain shops or council offices and spread the cost of paying for oil.
You collect the stamps in a savings card, which is like a savings book, and then use the total value of the stamps to pay for all or part of an oil order.
The stamps can be used with oil suppliers that are taking part in the scheme.
Contact your local council or check their website for more information about this scheme.
Oil buying scheme
Social enterprise buying groups and clubs have also been set up in Northern Ireland to bulk buy oil for their members.
These groups/clubs can get discounts from oil suppliers by buying in bulk. No matter how much oil you buy, everyone pays the same price per litre and benefits from the lower prices.
You can check if there’s an oil buying club in your area through the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
The Northern Ireland Oil Federation is working with PayPoint so you can make regular payments towards oil instead of having to pay for a delivery in one go.
You can top up PayPoint cards with small amounts of money at local shops that have a PayPoint. You then use the card to pay towards an oil delivery.
You can ask your oil supplier if they offer PayPoint as a payment option.