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With the recent news of rising gas prices and several smaller energy suppliers collapsing this is a really worrying time for people who struggle with their energy costs. We’re sharing some easier to follow advice that will help answer some of the questions you might have.

If you need support to save money on your energy bills please do contact the Green Doctors on 0800 233 5255 or GreenDoctorSouth@groundwork.org.uk. You can also use our online referral form at south.greendoctors.org.uk and one of our Green Doctors will be in touch.

Q. What happens if my supplier goes bust?

A. If your energy provider collapses, you will not stop receiving gas and electricity. Your account will be moved to a new supplier by energy regulator Ofgem although this may take a few weeks.

Q. Should I switch supplier if I’m concerned about my energy supplier?

A. Due to the crisis there is a reduction in the number of tariffs available especially the cheaper ones, many switching services such as Uswitch are pausing or reducing services they offer, you can do directly to a supplier but the tariffs on offer are likely to be higher than what you are currently paying. We recommend people to stay with their existing supplier in the short term.

Q. Will I end up on a more expensive tariff?

A. Unfortunately, you may end up on a more expensive tariff if you are switched to a new supplier. If you are concerned about your energy costs, please do contact us on 0800 233 5255 or GreenDoctorSouth@groundwork.org.uk

Q. Is there anything else I should do if I’m worried my energy supplier will go bust?

A. We recommend making a note or taking a photo of your meter reading and downloading any bills while you wait for news or your new supplier to contact you. We can guide people over the phone on how to take correct meter readings.

Q. Do I need to cancel any of my direct debits if my supplier goes bust?

A. There is no need to cancel any direct debits straight away. Instead, you should wait for your new account to be set up before cancelling the existing payment.

Q. I have credit on my account, will I get this money back?

A. If you are in credit, your money is protected and you’ll be paid back. If you were in debt to the old supplier, you’ll still have to pay the money back. The new supplier will contact you to arrange payment.

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Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. They’re currently being installed in homes across Great Britain at no extra cost, to replace traditional meters. Smart meters:

  • measure how much gas and electricity is being used and show how much it’s costing on a handy in-home display (IHD)
  • enable accurate, not estimated bills – so you know exactly how much your bill should be, and how much to budget
  • send your gas and electricity readings directly and securely to the energy supplier so you don’t have to

Watch the video to learn how the smart meter works: How do smart meters work? | FAQ

How could a smart meter save you money?

If you’re on a tight budget, a smart meter could make your life easier. The in-home display (IHD) which you’ll receive with your smart meter shows you, in near-real time, the amount of energy you use in pounds and pence. Allowing you to keep an even closer eye on your energy spending habits. This could help you find ways to reduce energy waste around your home and save money.

Watch the video below for an explanation of how to use your in-home display: How to read a smart meter in-home display | FAQ

How can I find out more?

Please note:

  • Eligibility may vary
  • Consumer action is required
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Tired of shock energy bills? A smart meter and the in-home display (IHD) could help you to better manage your energy consumption.

What is a smart meter?

Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. They are being installed in homes across Great Britain at no extra cost, to replace traditional meters. They measure how much gas and electricity is being used in a household, as well as what it’s costing, and show this on a handy in-home display (IHD).

For anyone who is blind, partially sighted, or has difficulties with dexterity or memory loss, an Accessible in-home display (AIHD) could make tracking energy usage easier.

Benefits of using smart meters

See what you are spending:

A smart meter could help you with your household budgeting. The IHD offered with your smart meter, shows you in near-real time the amount of energy you use in pounds and pence. Allowing you to keep a closer eye on your energy spending habits. This could help you find ways to reduce energy waste around your home and save money.

Switching with a smart meter

Smart meters could also help you switch to a better deal, as you’ll have accurate energy usage information which can help you choose the supplier and tariff that suits you best

No more manual readings

Manual readings will become a thing of the past as smart meters send your gas and electricity readings directly and securely to your energy supplier, so you don’t have to.

Works with prepay

With a smart prepay meter, it’s easier to see what remaining credit you’ve got left using your IHD, so you can avoid the lights turning off at the most inconvenient times. It also means you can top up whenever it suits you – online, via mobile or at the shop.

Reduce carbon footprint

The nation’s electricity needs are expected to double by 2050, this means we need to upgrade our energy system. You can help Great Britain take a step in the right direction by installing a smart meter in your home. Smart meters are helping Britain save more energy, and helping you save on your bills too.

Find out more about smart meters.

Our Green Doctors can help with a range of services, and now getting informed on smart meters is one of them. If you know someone on a tight budget, a smart meter could practically make life easier for them. To find out more or to get other support with your energy bills call us on 0800 233 5255 or make a referral for a consultation with a Green Doctor.

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