We understand if you are worried about the increase in energy prices this winter and how it could affect your energy bills.

There are plenty of options out there to help you save such as switching suppliers or changing tariffs. Remember the ‘standard tariff’ is the most expensive, so consider switching to a different one.

If you would like to switch suppliers, we recommend you do this after the price increase on 1 October. Contact your energy supplier to explain what you can pay and when, and they are bound to support you fairly. Visit the Citizen’s Advice website for more information.

If you meet certain criteria or claim particular benefits you can apply for Manchester City Council’s help to pay for fuel scheme, the government’s  Warm Homes Discount, cold weather payment or their winter fuel payment.

Power Up is a useful website with lots of information including and advice including saving money, having a healthy home, getting help and green energy.

If you or the person you care for are classed as ‘vulnerable’, for example, are disabled or have a long term health condition, you could get extra support from your electricity supplier, such as large print bills or more support during a power cut.

To get extra help, you can apply to be added to your electricity network priority services register. Click here to find out more.