Citizens Advice Bedford will be helping residents reduce their energy bills and save money as part of Big Energy Saving Winter which runs until January 2021.
The average saving per person from this project last year was £192, with one ‘super saver’ switching energy supplier and saving £480.
Local staff and volunteers from Citizens Advice Bedford will be supporting local people to follow three simple steps to prepare for the winter ahead.
● Check to see if they are eligible for discounts, grants and support
● Switch their tariff or energy supplier to get the best deal
● Save money by becoming more energy efficient
Citizens Advice Bedford will be holding virtual outreach sessions during the next three months to take the check, switch, save message out to the local community.
They will also be offering one to one energy advice appointments to assist people explore their potential savings.
The next Energy Advice Zoom event is on the Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 10am.
Anyone is welcome to join, using the following link: us02web.zoom.us/j/87332516701?pwd=cytJNkNab2lvV1ZkelVCTm5LMVp3UT09
Meeting ID: 873 3251 6701
This year, Big Energy Saving Winter is also calling on energy super savers, who have made savings to their own bills, to help their relatives, friends and neighbours to check, switch and save on their energy bills.
Free resources and advice will enable energy super savers to help protect the UK’s most vulnerable people.
As Big Energy Saving Winter 2020 kicks off, new research shows that one in three (35%) bill payers say they are using more energy than they usually would at this time of year.
Ben Coutts, Service Delivery Manager of Citizens Advice Bedford said: “With many people using more energy than normal it’s crucial no-one is paying more than they need to for their energy.
“Switching energy suppliers is one of the quickest ways for us all to make sure we’re not paying more than we need to.
“But our advisers are also on hand to help make sure people are getting any extra grants and benefits they might be entitled to and to look at ways to make people’s homes more energy efficient.”