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Utility bills - Are you getting the best deal?

Gas and electric bills

It's always best to compare energy suppliers, to make sure you're getting the best price on your gas and electricity bills. Try the following switching sites:

The Home Heat Helpline can also give you more information about reducing your fuel bills and comparing suppliers for the best deals. They can also give you advice on whether you are entitled to any extra help such as the Warm Home discount which is worth up to £140. Visit www.homeheathelpline.org.uk
 

Free Home Energy Evaluations

We want to help our tenants reduce their gas and electricity bills as well as their carbon footprint. There are simple measures that could help save you money on your bills. We can help you keep your bills down and your home warm – contact us to see what we can do for you.

Contact our Home Energy Advisor, Lee Biddle, for advice on simple steps you can take to save money: call Lee on 0115 844 3008. You can also email lee.biddle@ncha.org.uk – remember to include your name, address and phone number.


Water Bills

Water, we all need it, we can't live without it and we are using more and more of it. Astonishingly in the last 40 years we have increased our water use in this country by 70%. It always seems to be raining in Britain, particularly in the summer, but there is a limited supply of water, and shortages are a problem in many parts of the country. By saving water, you can help protect wildlife like birds and fish that live in rivers and wetlands and struggle to survive when these sources of water dry up. You can also cut the energy needed for treating water, helping reduce climate change. You can cut your bills if you are on a water meter.

These everyday activities use this amount of water:

  • Bath - 80 Litres
  • 5 minute shower - 35 Litres
  • 5 minute power shower - 90 Litres
  • One toilet flush - 9 Litres
  • Washing machine - 60 Litres
  • Washing the car (with a bucket of water) - 10 Litres

Saving water is easy if you just follow a few simple tips:

  • When cleaning your teeth, don’t leave the tap running.
  • Having a shower take less water than a bath but be quick in a power shower because they take up a lot of water.
  • Dripping taps are water running down the drain - get them fixed.
  • Only wash full loads in the washing machine.
  • Use a water displacement device (sometimes called a 'hippo') in the cistern of a higher flush toilet - you will reduce the amount of water used for each flush, typically by one or two litres. Most water companies provide free displacement devices for their customers

To see how much water you could save, visit the Energy Saving Trust website.

If you are having difficulties paying your Severn Trent Water bills go to this site: https://www.stwater.co.uk/my-account/about-your-account-and-bill/trouble-paying-your-bill/our-watersure-scheme/

NCHA's National Energy Action membership, demonstrates a commitment to helping tackle fuel poverty. NEA is a well-established and effective campaigning body, helping to bring social, economic, employment and environmental benefits to communities. Through innovative new products and services the organisation will help NCHA reduce energy use and improve the range of measures available for tackling energy inefficient homes.
The SHIFT accreditation recognises NCHA's environmental credentials and its initiatives for improving the energy efficiency of its homes, as well as increasing the awareness of environmental issues amongst its staff and tenants.