Four ways to reduce energy bills by £3.2k as costs set to rise further

Energy bills are crippling the nation – and they're set to rise further.

Six million households could struggle with affording their costs by October.

USwitch claims £1.3billion is owed by households in total, while customers are in £206 worth of debt to their energy company.

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It means the overall amount UK households owe is already three times higher than what it was a year ago.

And it could get worse in a matter of months when energy bills hike again in October.

But Brits can get up to £3,200 in help by trying four things, from requesting a discount to the grants.

Household support fund – up to £300

Councils have been given a Household Support Fund which helps families with the rising cost of living.

The scheme, which has a £500million pot of money, is due to end on September 30, 2022.

You can get help from your council if you're struggling with your bills.

To find out what support is available in your area, contact your local council.

Welfare assistance – up to £1,000

Local authorities run welfare assistance schemes available to people on a low income who have run into financial troubles.

You can get up to £1,000 in some areas as each council runs its own scheme.

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Energy bill discount – £400

Over 29million households will be eligible for a £400 discount on their energy bills this autumn.

This will be automatically taken off your energy bills from October.

Energy suppliers have been instructed to pay households the discount in six instalments.

Some will receive a £66 discount in October and November, rising to £67 each month from December through to March 2023.

Energy bill grants – up to £1,500

Many suppliers are offering financial assistance if you're falling behind or owed money for your bills.

You can get up to £1,500 from British Gas and you don't have to be a customer.

The maximum grant is usually £750, but those facing "exceptional circumstances" can get £1,500.

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