Switcher.ie’s top 10 tips to help save at Christmas

Saving money on energy and broadband can go a long way to enjoying an affordable Christmas

David Baker
by David Baker on 13th November, 2013

Splashing the cash and flashing our credit cards at Christmas can lead to a very expensive and lengthy New Year hangover. But there are ways to save during the festive season.

With Christmas fast approaching, consumers will no doubt be looking for ways to save as much as they can on their household bills.

Here’s Switcher.ie’s top 10 tips to help you save during the festive season.

Lowering home heating bills

Read your energy meter. Winter is an expensive time when it comes to heating your home. The simplest way to avoid being overcharged by your supplier is to make sure you give them absolutely no reason to estimate.

Complain, especially if you get a big bill. With prices higher than ever, it pays to make sure you are not getting overcharged. Always review your big bills and question if you are unhappy.

Don’t put off switching. Many consumers think switching energy supplier is a difficult and lengthy process that will end up costing more, but that isn’t the case. Winter is a good time to make the switch, especially before further price increases come into effect in the new year.

Compare gas and electricity tariffs.

Saving money in the kitchen

Cook in batches: Christmas is all about food so cook as much as possible in the oven in one go to make sure all the space and heat is being used. You can always freeze portions of food to warm up at a later date.

Keep the oven closed while you’re cooking: Each time you open the door the oven loses heat and requires more energy to get back up to temperature. Also, try to keep the oven door clean so you can look in, rather than having to open it to see how your food is doing.

Pre-boil potatoes before roasting: We all love roasties with Christmas dinner so one tip is to boil before roasting. By doing so you’ll reduce the amount of time they take to cook in the oven and they taste better too!

Saving money on broadband

Be wary of data limits. With the whole family around at Christmas downloading movies, checking social media and sharing funny YouTube videos after Christmas dinner make sure you are not exceeding your data limits as this will incur extra charges. To avoid any bill surprises, you might be best to switch to a No Data Limits broadband package.

Best Bundle! We all love sitting down to watch a good movie at Christmas with the family, going online to check out the latest fun games and making that telephone call to our loved ones that can’t make it home for the holiday season. In the run up to Christmas, you should check out the range of competitive offers now available from the likes of UPC, Sky and eircom that now provide for bundled packages from one supplier covering TV, broadband and home phone.

Check your broadband speed. We are all under pressure to get gifts at Christmas and if your internet speed means that it takes ages to shop online, then it may be time to check your broadband speed and compare to what you had signed up for. You can check your speed by using the online Speed Test tool on Switcher.ie.

Compare the latest broadband deals.

Top tip

Shop around: Whether it comes to buying gifts for your loved ones, saving money on your winter energy bills or getting the best turkey for your Christmas dinner, it pays to shop around.

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