Energy Price Cap Change: What it Means for Your Bills

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The energy price cap, which limits what suppliers can charge customers on standard variable rate tariffs, is reviewed and adjusted every three months. This means that the recent change on April 1st, 2024, will impact your energy bills.

Understanding the Change

The good news is that the price cap for April to June 2024 has seen a decrease. This means a reduction in unit prices for both gas (by 19%) and electricity (by 14%) compared to the previous period.

Impact on Your Bills

While the price cap sets a maximum, it doesn’t directly translate to the exact amount you’ll pay. The actual decrease in your bill will depend on your specific energy usage and whether you pay by direct debit or a prepayment meter.

Are you currently looking for a property to rent in Brighton and Hove? Click here to view all properties we have on the market. 

What to Do

Be aware of the change: 

Knowing the price cap has decreased is a good starting point, but it’s important to check your next bill to see the exact impact.

Consider switching: 

Even with the price cap drop, standard variable tariffs are often not the most economical option. Explore switching to a fixed-rate deal to potentially lock in lower prices for a set period. Comparison websites can help you find the best deals for your situation.

Can I choose my energy supplier?

You have the power to choose your energy supplier in the UK, potentially saving you money on your bills. Comparison websites can help you find the best deals based on your energy usage and preferences. Look beyond just price though. Consider factors like customer service ratings, fixed-rate vs. variable tariffs, and whether the supplier offers green energy sources. Don’t be afraid to switch if you find a better deal!

Additional Points

  • The price cap is just one factor affecting your energy bills. Reducing your overall consumption through energy-saving measures can lead to significant cost savings.
  • Keep an eye on future price cap updates. The energy market is volatile, so the cap could fluctuate in the coming months.

Are you a landlord looking for a rental valuation of your property? Speak with our lettings manager Beth Roberts today to get a free valuation on 01273 724000 or click here

Here are some energy-saving tips for your home:

  • Upgrade your lighting. 

Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). LEDs use up to 75% less energy than incandescent and last 25 times longer, while CFLs use about 75% less energy and last 10 times longer.

  • Power down electronics when not in use. 

Many electronics continue to draw power even when they are turned offGet in the habit of turning off TVs, computers, and other devices when you’re not using them. You can also plug them into power strips so you can easily turn them all off at once.

  • Wash clothes in cold water. 

Heating water accounts for a significant portion of the energy used to wash clothes. By switching to cold water, you can save a significant amount of energy.

  • Air dry clothes whenever possible. 

Clothes dryers use a lot of energy. If you have the space, hang your clothes to dry instead. This is also a gentler way to dry clothes, which can help them last longer.

  • Seal air leaks. 

Air leaks around windows and doors can let in drafts in the winter and hot air in the summer, forcing your heating and cooling systems to work harder. You can seal air leaks with caulk or weather stripping.

  • Insulate your home. 

Adding insulation to your attic, walls, and crawl space can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This will save you money on your heating and cooling bills.

  • Get a programmable thermostat. 

A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for different times of day. This way, you can save energy by lowering the temperature at night and when you’re away from home.

  • Use a clothesline to dry clothes whenever possible. 

This is a free and easy way to save energy.

  • Take shorter showers. 

Heating water accounts for a significant portion of the energy used to take a shower. By taking shorter showers, you can save energy and water.

  • Cook with lids on pots and pans. 

This will help trap heat and cook food more evenly, which can save energy.

If you would like to get more information on our renting process do not hesitate to call our viewings department on 01273 724000 or click here. Our team are here to help. 

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Roisin Lilley
Roisin Lilley
11:42 24 May 24
I recently had some problems with my previous agent and came to Beth for help! She took over the correspondence for me and sorted everything out for me! I can’t thank her enough for her patience and help!! I’d highly recommend her to other landlords that need help!
Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley
11:26 24 May 24
I’ve been a tenant with Harringtons Lettings for a while, they are great, they always sort out any issues I have quickly and efficiently, Beth in particular is really helpful and I’ll be going to her for my next rental property when I look to move in September!
Georgina Palzeaird
Georgina Palzeaird
11:21 24 May 24
Beth Roberts was a huge help when I needed to switch to a new letting agency. She was friendly and efficient and I’ve always felt I’m in safe hands.
Eliya Halim
Eliya Halim
10:26 24 May 24
Top service
Maryana Atiya
Maryana Atiya
10:20 24 May 24
Rees Harper
Rees Harper
17:53 21 May 24
Lauryn Keller
Lauryn Keller
15:20 03 May 24
Georgie was great on our viewing - super lovely, informative and honest. Thank you!
Sammi Richmond
Sammi Richmond
09:16 24 Apr 24
Well, they just contacted me via email asking for a review for money... so here, I guess.Does 3 stars get me that tenner? Probably not. Nothing terrible to say, but never had any issues with the property really. Don't enjoy that they were willing to pay for reviews though, seems sketchy.UPDATE: As the business has finally replied to my review 6 years later, I thought I would mention that I indeed have the email still as proof. Offer of £10 for a review, and to mention Rachel Erridge in the review. Also a prize of £200 to one lucky winner. The email was sent from the Harrington's admin email address. I can email the proof to whoever requests it.
Jayden Charles-Frempong
Jayden Charles-Frempong
01:20 18 Apr 24
Every interaction I've had so far with Harrington has been positive with workers responding to calls very quickly and addressing any queries efficiently.
severin severinov
severin severinov
10:05 11 Apr 24
It is very good that they do their job professionally and take care of the customers.
kate quick
kate quick
13:15 09 Apr 24
I am very happy and extremely grateful to have found Harringtons lettings and the beautiful flat that I am now living in. Not only is the flat perfect for me, ticks all the boxes and is in a great location; the whole communication/admin process was so fast and efficient. I spoke to many of the team, but the two main contacts initially were Georgie and Beth. Great personalities, friendly and fast at replying to emails and phone calls. It was all turned around very quickly and everyone at Harringtons seems to appear to really be happy in their jobs. Great letting agent and I would recommend them to others looking for a new home.
Michael Hollamby
Michael Hollamby
12:32 09 Apr 24
Having worked with many many lettings it has been refreshing to deal with such a dynamic and energetic team. From start to finish the team have outstanding. Special mention to Beth who has been fantastic. I can thoroughly recommend using Harringtons.
Celyn James
Celyn James
17:08 27 Mar 24
Great experience, Georgie was so knowledgeable and kind with any enquiries I had. Really put me at ease while house hunting, amazing service thank you so much!!
Madison Harris
Madison Harris
14:29 27 Mar 24
Georgie was so helpful and really kind very appreciative x
Amber-Rose Cook
Amber-Rose Cook
08:58 22 Mar 24
easy to use and navigate as a first time user
Buffy Vaughn
Buffy Vaughn
18:06 21 Mar 24
Harringtons have been so helpful so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to on the phone including Georgie have been so warm and receptive and easy to communicate with. As a couple renting together for first time me & Danny couldn’t have found better people to help us out, they’re clear and concise. We discovered them through Rightmove and would highly recommend anyone to use their services to rent with.Thanks guys!Buffy & Danny
Sajan Raja
Sajan Raja
01:48 21 Mar 24
Kerryn Johnson
Kerryn Johnson
16:58 18 Mar 24
Georgie was absolutely amazing! Very helpful, easy to talk to and all in all an absolute sweetheart. Made the process of renting and finding a property less stressful. Always happy to help and lovely to chat to!Thank you again for everything!
Julia Reinstein
Julia Reinstein
11:22 18 Mar 24
5/5 - Everyone I’ve spoken to on the phone has been so friendly and patient with our move in documents. We found Harringtons through Rightmove, and have been really happy with our interactions. The team respond to queries efficiently and are happy to answer any and all questions.
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
07:09 15 Mar 24
A really excellent agency, who are very easy and friendly to deal with. Highly recommended.
Rob Rainbird
Rob Rainbird
18:04 13 Mar 24
Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
Tori Tor
Tori Tor
11:15 08 Mar 24
Harringtons have been really helpful and very swift with their responses. Georgie was very proffesional and really friendly when she did the viewings with me and Beth on the phone was again really helpful and gave me hope when I was explaining my eagerness to find somewhere new to live. Thanks Harringtons!
christos papanicolaou
christos papanicolaou
09:33 07 Mar 24
Staff were brilliant. Very helpful
Yasmin Bright
Yasmin Bright
20:54 01 Mar 24
I'm in a difficult situation at the moment with my landlord wanting to sell the flat that myself and my 3 children have been living in for 7 years. I came across Harringtons Viewings by applying to view some properties outside of my area.Unfortunately I haven't been able to sort anything with Harringtons, however I wanted to write this to say that they have been nothing but kind, warm and very understanding of my situation. I've been really impressed by their customer service (namely Georgie & Beth) and hope that they are able to find me something eventually!Thanks so much.Yasmin
Tegan
Tegan
17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
TheFlyingCrocodile
TheFlyingCrocodile
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
Akwisitions Feedback
Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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