Cut hundreds from energy costs with Big Energy Saving Week

Leading local charity Shropshire RCC will next week be out and about helping people to cut hundreds of pounds from their energy bills.

As the rising cost of living continues to put pressure on household budgets, Shropshire RCC is coming together with other local organisations to offer free advice to help consumers save energy, cut their bills and get all the support they are entitled to.

These activities coincide with Big Energy Saving Week, a national campaign running from 27 to 31 January, which aims to help consumers check they are on the best deal, switch tariff or supplier and take up help to insulate their homes and reduce their energy usage.

By taking action to check, switch and insulate, consumers could make savings on their energy bills:
• £325 average saving from insulation and other energy saving measures
• £100 average saving paying by direct debit rather than cash or cheque
• Up to £200 saving for switching tariff or supplier if you have never switched before

On 27 January people can drop into Central Baptist Church on Claremont Street, Shrewsbury from 10am-2pm to find out how to save on their bills from Shropshire RCC Affordable Warmth Officer, Clive Leworthy and colleagues from several local energy projects.

On Friday 31 January, Clive and the team move to Craven Arms Community Centre from 10am-2pm where they will be on hand to make sure people are not spending any more than they have to on the cost of heating their home.

Also on Friday 31 January, people can drop into Oswestry Market to find out from Shropshire RCC’s Fuel Buying Coordinator, Lizzy Thain, how they can save money by joining a community buying scheme which buys in bulk to achieve savings for its members.

Shropshire RCC Chief Executive, Julia Baron said: "During Big Energy Saving Week, we’ll be helping communities explore the ways they can save money on their fuel bills. Evidence shows rural families are twice as likely as their urban counterparts to struggle to heat their homes, due to lower than average incomes and houses that are less energy efficient.

“Lack of access to cheaper fuel supplies is also a problem - 36pc of homes in rural areas are off the gas grid, so many households rely on fuels such as oil, electric heating, LPG or coal.

“There are lots of practical things people can do to cut their bills – from switching suppliers to joining an oil-buying group. We’re keen to make sure people don’t pay more than they need to for energy.”

Consumers can also get help and advice online at www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk, from their local CAB, or can join in our twitter chat on Thursday 30 January. You can see a full list of events at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/besw_events.htm.

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