Citizens Advice pop-up events help households save during Big Energy Saving Week (20 – 26 January)

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As part of Big Energy Saving Week (20 – 26 January 2020), Citizens Advice Bedford will be helping people reduce their energy bills and save money.

Local staff and volunteers from the St Paul’s Square office will be running pop up sessions throughout the Borough to help people take control of their energy usage, reduce their household bills and make sure they’re getting the best deal.

Organisation Location Time & date
Queens Park Community Centre 52 Marlborough Rd,
Bedford, MK40 4LF
Monday 20th January

10am- 2pm

Job Centre Plus 57 Bromham Rd,
Bedford MK40 2EH
Tuesday 21st January

10am -11:30am

Sainsbury’s Fairfield Park Superstore 90 Clapham Rd,
Bedford, MK41 7PJ
Wednesday 22nd January

10am – 12pm

Church Lane Community Centre 147 Church Ln,
Bedford MK41 0PW
Thursday 23rd January

12pm -1:30pm

Tesco Superstore Riverfield Dr, Bedford MK41 0SE Thursday 23rd January

2pm – 4pm

 

New research has revealed a significant gap in consumer understanding about managing  household energy use and the simple steps people can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

The survey, conducted by Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust, shows that over a third (36%) of British households have not made changes to their energy usage at home in recent years.

That’s 9.7 million households that experts say need more help and encouragement with ways to save money and reduce their household emissions.

To support people make those changes Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are launching an expert-approved list of ‘20 ways to save’ this Big Energy Saving Week 2020.

The organisations are urging people to take a look and see how small changes can make a big difference.

These include four changes which together could potentially save households £100 per year and help cut carbon emissions:

  • Turning your thermostat down by one degree
  • Changing your all your lightbulbs to LEDs
  • Turning appliances off rather than keeping them on standby
  • Only using the right amount of water in your kettle

Ben Coutts, Service Delivery Manager of Citizens Advice Bedford said, “Last year we saved the people of Bedford Borough an average of £174 per person on their energy bills.

“In addition to this, we identified that from the clients we saw, 23% of them were eligible for an additional £140 in benefits to help with their energy costs. Our aim for this year is to continue to help our clients to save money”

Big Energy Saving Week 2020 is a collaboration between Energy Saving Trust, Citizens Advice and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).