Helping households to cut their energy bills – Big Energy Saving Week: 20 – 24 October 2014

Yesterday marked the start of the Big Energy Saving Week, a week that focuses on raising awareness of energy efficiency issues and helping people to take action to reduce their bills.

Help to cut your housing costs

Toy house and piggy bank

The Big Energy Saving Week is a project set up by a number of businesses and organisations including Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust, Age UK and the Government. Their campaign, which spans from the 20th – 24th October 2014 aims to highlight positive and practical actions people can take to gain control of their energy bills and make significant savings.

Switching energy suppliers

A key area that Big Energy Saving Week aims to educate the general public on is the benefits of switching energy suppliers. As it currently stands, around seventy four per cent of people worry about their energy bills, but by switching energy suppliers they could end up saving over three hundred pounds! There is no need to pay more than you have to, it’s just about being a savvy shopper and finding the best deals.

One of the best ways to find money saving energy tariffs is to use comparison websites. They will significantly reduce the time it takes for you to shop around for the best deals, as all of the information you need is in one place. Be sure to use an Ofgem approved website like My Utility Genius, as they are independent and will give you the peace of mind that the tariffs are accurately calculated and presented in an unbiased way.

Energy saving tips

When it comes to saving energy and reducing your bills, often it is the smallest changes that can make the biggest difference. For example, did you know that electronic items left on standby account for sixteen per cent of an average energy bill? By simply switching them off, you could be saving yourself money each month and as you should know by now, every little helps!

Something as easy as switching to LED light bulbs can also save you around three hundred pounds a year. That’s three hundred pounds you can put towards a holiday, Christmas presents or even other bills you have to pay. For the majority of families in the UK, £300 extra a year can make a big difference.

Bulbs

Another key issue that is being highlighted by Energy Saving Week is the need to draught-proof UK homes. Thirty three per cent of heat is lost through the walls of your home and twenty six per cent is lost through the roof. By draught-proofing your home, you can save around thirty pounds a year, as you will not need to spend as much to keep yourself and those living in your household warm.

Help and advice

Big Energy Saving Week is not just about sharing a few helpful tips though; it is also about providing people with the help and advice they need to take control of their energy usage and bills. If you are struggling to pay your bills, it is suggested that you get in contact with your energy supplier as soon as possible. Tell them about your situation and work out what you can agree to pay and when. Together you will be able to come up with a payment plan based on what you can afford. They will also be able to provide you with advice on how you can make savings so you do not use as much energy in the future.

For more information about the Big Energy Saving Week, visit the Citizens Advice website. There you will also be able to find more tips and advice on energy saving, as well as the contact numbers you need if you require help paying your bills.

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