Gas and electricity bills you don't have to pay – legal loopholes which mean you might not have to cough up

Soaring bills are leaving many of us wondering how we are going to pay for our electricity and gas this year.

With the price set to hike again by 54 per cent it is enough to raise the stress levels as we seek alternatives to reduce the hit.

And they are just the final straw with everything from food to petrol and diesel seeming to be endlessly going up.

Even National Insurance is set to rise which is going to mean those who pay it are going to be even more out of pocket once it kicks in this April.

Now people are being urged to take a close look at their energy bills as there could be some who can avoid paying them altogether, according to The Mirror.

And it could be a big help when it comes to finding the cash for everyday essentials.

Is there any way I can avoid paying my energy bills?

There may be ways you do not have to pay the full price of your energy bill, depending on your circumstances.

If you pay your landlord for energy, you must tell the energy supplier that you are not responsible for paying the bill and it should be sent to them instead.

For people who have just moved in, check the dates of your first bill and note if you are being charged for energy used before you moved in. Your energy company may require proof of the day you moved in for you to get back any money they have charged you.

What if I’ve been sent to estimated bills?

If you do not give your more regular meter readings, then they may estimate what you owe them

This means that you actually only use a certain amount of energy, but be charged more for it.

If you get a bill and it is estimated, you do not need to pay it.

Citizens Advice said: “You don’t need to pay your bill if it’s estimated. Send a meter reading to your supplier to get an updated, accurate bill instead. Check how to send a meter reading.”

What is back billing?

Back billing is when an energy company has not billed you correctly in the past for the energy you have used in your home.

They will then send you a back bill with the amount you still owe. These bills can run into the thousands.

Money.co.uk said: “The average back-bill is £1,160 – which is a huge sum, especially when it’s unexpected.

“This is why you should always get in touch with your energy supplier immediately if you think that your bill is incorrect.”

You don’t usually have to pay back bills for energy you used more than 12 months ago.

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