**UPDATED on 16/07/2019**
Winter will be here before we know it and it’s good to be prepared. We know we all spend more on our energy during this period, the graph below shows the amount an average PAYG customer is likely to be topping up per month over a year.
You can see there is a pretty big difference between summer and winter, which is not surprising given the amount of extra energy we use to keep warm!
Will I be topping up more?
Yes absolutely, more energy usage, means you will need to top up more than in summer (see graph above). There are a number of changes that take place in autumn and winter meaning that almost everyone's costs will go up.
Some examples are:
- It starts getting darker earlier in the evening, meaning everyone has their lights on longer.
- Colder temperatures warrant turning the heating on, which uses gas or electricity.
- Again, lower outdoor temperatures mean water starts off at a lower temperature. This means it takes more energy (and costs more) to heat it to the desired temperature for your heating/the shower/washing up etc.
- Worse weather sees us all spending more time on average indoors, meaning more time with appliances on (watching TV, on the computer, playing video games, cooking more hot meals, listening to music and generally entertaining ourselves indoors).
What can you do to prepare?
Using your summer top ups like a piggy bank. This topic here
highlights that by topping up just a little bit more than you need to during summer, means you build up some credit ready for the winter.
Find out what the most expensive household appliance is here
PAYG+ customers can also set up ‘scheduled’ and ‘rolling’ top ups to keep them from dropping below £0. This Boost Answers page
Is there anymore support available to me this winter?
We work with loads of organisations to ensure we can support you, should you need some extra help and advice. This section of the forum
has loads of great support content available to you!
Let's help each other out with some energy saving tips below...