Why we’re backing Big Energy Week
Wednesday 18 January 2012
We’re supporting Big Energy Week, a campaign by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland to advise people how they can cut energy bills and make their homes more energy efficient.
The Week follows the launch of our ‘No Child Left in the Cold’ campaign.
We are calling on energy companies and the government to do more to help families who can’t afford to heat their homes this winter.
Research shows that growing up in cold homes poses health risks to children from babies to teenagers. So we’re really pleased to see more efforts to help communities and families get the best deals and advice on fuel bills.
Big Energy Week is helping people save money on their bills in the following ways:
- Contact your suppliers to check you are on the best tariff and payment method.
- Visit an accredited switching website to see if you could get your energy cheaper elsewhere. You may be able to save up to £200 off your annual bill by shopping around for a different supplier, particularly if you have never changed energy firm.
- Insulate the walls and the loft of your home and you could save on average around £120 per year. All suppliers are giving away free or discounted insulation – ask if you’re eligible so you don’t miss out. That goes for heating oil customers too.
- Check you are not missing out on any benefits or tax credits that could increase your income; your local Citizens Advice Bureau can help you with this.
- Using less energy could save you money, just by doing simple things like turning off lights and switching appliances off at the wall instead of leaving them on standby.
- Turning your thermostat down 1°C alone could cut your heating bill by £60 on average.
- If you can’t pay your bills, contact your energy supplier immediately: they have to help you manage your bills in a way that you can afford.
- If you use heating oil or liquid petroleum gas to heat your home, shop around and compare prices from different suppliers. You could also save money by buying in bulk with your neighbours; check if there is an oil club you can join or start one up.
You can find some useful advice and pointers at www.bigenergyweek.org.uk
Save the Children is calling on the energy companies and government to do their bit for children in fuel poverty. Please sign our petition