With more than 60 fixed energy deals set to expire before the year is out, hundreds of thousands of households could be left worse off.

What’s more, meteorologists say the UK should be braced for its toughest winter in five years, which could spell bad news for anyone keen to keep their home warm, or anyone who’s kept it turned up in previous weeks, or who has to keep their house toasty because someone elderly or otherwise vulnerable is living there.

By the end of 2017, more than 60 popular fixed-energy deals are due to end, which will affect hundreds of thousands of households. And, once these expire, you get rolled on to a standard plan, meaning you’re obliged to pay at a significantly higher rate.

Customers most at risk are those with major players including British Gas, First Utility, Npower, EDF, Scottish Power and Sainsbury’s Energy. All have fixed-rate plans either set to expire this month or which have already just done so.

According to experts at Money Supermarket, though, acting quickly could save up to £300 over the next three months on gas and electricity bills. You have time now to switch, penalty-free.

So now is not the time to be on an expensive variable tariff, or to end up on one inadvertently through inaction. Switching to a new tariff means you don’t have to pay more than you need to heat your home all winter.

It’s not the only thing you can do to save money. If your windows don’t open easily, or are letting in air, making a noise, or if the frames are in a less than perfect condition, it could be time to replace them. This is the only permanent solution, and will boost energy efficiency and bring your energy bills down in the long run. What’s more, they’ll look fantastic as well!

At Worthing Windows, covering huge areas of the West Sussex coast, we have a great range of new windows to suit a variety of property styles, in aluminium, uPVC and timber (replica timber and real timber). Get in touch with the team today to find out more or book your free consultation.