Take action on high energy bills

People are being encouraged to take steps to save money on their energy bills by Bath & North East Somerset Council and B&NES Citizens Advice Bureau promoting Big Energy Savings Week; a national campaign taking place 27 – 31 January 2014.

People can cut their bills and reduce the amount of energy they use by following these simple actions:

  • Check – contact your current supplier to make sure you are on the best tariff and payment method for your circumstances, and that you are getting all the support you are entitled to.
  • Switch – Use a switching service to see if you could get a better deal with a different supplier. Shopping around could save up to £200 if you haven’t switched before.
  • Insulate – Whether you are a home owner or a private renting tenant, the B&NES Energy@Home Starter Project is providing grants for insulation and heating upgrades for eligible residents. Freephone 0800 082 2234 / visit www.cse.org.uk/energy-at-home

For free face-to-face advice on your energy bills there are a number of places you can drop in to speak to a friendly advisor, with no need for an appointment:

  • Monday: Bath One Stop Shop 9.30am-2pm / Keynsham Riverside 10am-2pm
  • Tuesday: Time Bank on Twerton High Street 10am-12pm / Midsomer Norton The Hollies 9.30-2pm
  • Wednesday: Bath One Stop Shop /Midsomer Norton The Hollies 9.30-2pm
  • Thursday: Keynsham Riverside 10am-2pm
  • Friday: Bath One Stop Shop / Midsomer Norton The Hollies 9.30-2pm

A free pack of radiator reflectors worth over £20 will be given away to the first five people that come in for energy saving advice at each of the drop-in sessions this week.

Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Leader of Council, said, “With home energy bills busting household budgets, Big Energy Savings Week is a fantastic opportunity for people to take control of their energy bills. There are also grants available to local residents for heating and insulation improvements, and extra grants available for residents in Twerton and Southdown.”

Jan Westrope, CEO of B&NES Citizens Advice Bureau said “We are pleased to work with the Council in giving people some good news about positive steps they can take to reduce bills and stay warm at a time when belts are being tightened, prices are rising and people are struggling to pay their bills.”

For free local advice on your energy bills, or to find out about grants and help available, freephone 0800 082 2234 / email energy home.energy@cse.org.uk