Utilities and household bills

Gas and electricity

Switch

Changing energy supplier is easy and can knock hundreds of pounds off your bills. It doesn’t matter if you rent or own your home, you should be able to switch.  Choose a comparison website and make sure you have a recent bill and your bank details to hand.  You can find a list of Ofgem accredited price comparison sites on the Energy Shopping website.

Affordable warmth

For more advice on affordable warmth you can contact the Affordable Warmth Officer at your local council who can offer ways to help save you money on utility bills. Including information about local collective switch initiatives for gas and electricity domestic supplies that could offer real savings for your household.

Pay by direct debit

It’s usually cheaper and means you won’t have to worry about missing payments.

Use less

It sounds obvious, but the less energy you use the lower your bills will be. There are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to cut your consumption. We’ve listed some below.

Water

OVH have been working with United Utilities to offer customers the best tariff rate for you.

You may qualify for the ‘Back on Track Tariff’, which starts from £117 per year. Or if you’re receiving pension credits you may qualify for ‘Help to Pay’, a fixed annual tariff of £250 a year.
Call United Utilities on 08000 726 765 for more information.

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Tenants home contents insurance

As your landlord, OVH offers building insurance which covers damage to the structure of your home by fire, flood or other hazards. It does not, however, take out insurance that covers damage to the contents of your home, such as your furniture, carpets, curtains and other belongings. You are responsible for insuring your own belongings, furniture and decorations against fire, theft vandalism or burst pipes. We strongly recommend that you take out home contents insurance.

OVH insurance for tenants and leaseholders

There are many insurance companies on the market offering home insurance, but to make it easy and affordable for you we have set up a special low cost scheme through Allianz Insurance PLC.

Features of the OVH policy include: Weekly payment plans from as little as £1.51 (£1.01 for over 60s). No excess charged in the event of a claim, new for old as standard on all policies with accidental damage.

Claiming Council Tax Reduction/Support – As Council Tax support/reduction is not a benefit that is included in Universal Credit it is your responsibility to ensure you make a claim to your Local Authority to claim Council Tax Reduction or support.

To make this claim or apply online here: gov.uk/apply-council-tax-reduction

More help

For more advice on affordable warmth you can contact the Affordable Warmth Officer at your local council who can offer ways to help save you money on utility bills. Including information about local collective switch initiatives for gas and electricity domestic supplies that could offer real savings for your household.

OFGEM accredited price comparison sites – Energy Shopping website

Saving money on bills – Money Advice Service

Apply for council tax reduction gov.uk/apply-council-tax-reduction

If you need help with any of the above we are here to help!

Contact: Call: 0300 365 1111   Email: enquiries@ovh.org.uk