The Bargain Hunter: Join a collective and cut your energy bills


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There were several warnings about rising energy bills this week, but you could cut the cost of heating your home by joining a collective energy group.

Cheaper Energy Together has been set up by a dozen charities, including Beat the Cold, Community First and Citizens Advice, and is run by the not-for-profit organisation thePeoplesPower to negotiate better deals.

Register by 31 March and you'll also be entered for a prize draw to win £350 towards your gas and electricity bills. You can sign up – with no obligation – at

Discounted break is a family affair

This week's exclusive Bargain Hunter discount offers families the chance of a discounted break in the south of England. The Fun Day offer is for a family stay – two adults and two children aged 12 or under – at Marwell Hotel including bed & breakfast and use of the facilities, such as an indoor swimming pool and children's outdoor adventure play area.

The deal – at the Hampshire hotel near Winchester – is normally available at £79 but is offered to readers at just £69. Simply quote the code "Inde13" when booking on 01962 777681.

B&Q switches on an Easter DIY deal

With Easter the traditional time when homeowners crack out the DIY tools and start their spring home improvements, the big retailers are currently ramping up their offers. At B&Q, for instance, until 11 April all indoor and outdoor lights are buy-one-get-one-half-price. The discount is added at checkouts and the offer excludes lightbulbs.

Cut-price cabinets in Magnet's spring sale

Meanwhile the kitchen specialist Magnet has a half-price spring sale with 50 per cent off all cabinets. Move quickly and you can get a free dishwasher and an extra 10 per cent off sale prices until 6 April. There are full details at

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