Big Energy Saving Week 2018

Big Energy Saving Week (BESW) kicks off on 22nd January 2018. We’ll be helping people understand their energy use, cut fuel bills and get the financial support they are entitled to.

Recent research from uSwitch found that:

  • Over two million working families are struggling to pay their energy bills going into winter.
  • Households face difficult decisions – over a quarter worry that they won’t be able to feed their family (26%) if they turn the heating on.
  • More than four in ten families (41%) plan to ration their energy use and risk going cold this winter in a bid to make bills more affordable.
  • One in three working families (30%) aren’t aware of initiatives such as the Warm Home Discount that are available to help with energy bills.

 

Check 

Read your meter or smart meter display regularly and check your bills to make sure you know how much energy you’re using and that you are paying the right amount. 

Talk to your supplier or local Citizens Advice if you think your bill is wrong or have problems paying. You could be entitled to benefits or support to pay your bill.

 

Switch

You could save around £300 by switching energy supplier or changing tariff. Take control and visit https://energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk/ to compare energy prices.

You can switch even if you owe up to £500 per fuel if you use a prepayment meter. If you pay for your energy through a credit meter and have problems switching due to fuel debts, Citizens Advice can help you to negotiate with your supplier.

 

Save

Make your home energy efficient – insulate lofts and walls, double glaze or use thick curtains to keep the heat in, and get your boiler serviced or replaced to make sure it’s energy efficient. There are schemes to help with this. 

Save money and energy – Don’t leave appliances on standby, always turn off the light when you leave a room and don’t overfill your kettle, only boil the amount of water you need for a cup of tea.

 

Find out how to get lower energy bills and a more comfortable home with the Energy Saving Trust’s Home Energy Check at http://hec.est.org.uk/

 

For more information, visit www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk