Big Energy Saving Week
20th Jan, 2014
Shropshire RCC was out and about helping people to cut hundreds of pounds from their energy bills.
As the rising cost of living continues to put pressure on household budgets, Shropshire RCC joined other local organisations in local communities to offer free advice to help consumers save energy, cut their bills and get all the support they are entitled to. During Big Energy Saving Week, a national campaign which ran from 27 to 31 January, and which aims to help consumers check they are on the best deal, switch tariff or supplier and take up help to insulate their homes and reduce their energy usage, events were organised in Shrewsbury, Craven Arms and Oswestry.
By taking action to check, switch and insulate, consumers could make savings on their energy bills:
- £325 average saving from insulation and other energy saving measures
- £100 average saving paying by direct debit rather than cash or cheque
- Up to £200 saving for switching tariff or supplier if you have never switched before
Shropshire RCC Affordable Warmth Officer, Clive Leworthy and colleagues from several local energy projects gave advice on how to save on their bills and how to ensure people are not spending any more than they have to on the cost of heating their home. Shropshire RCC’s Fuel Buying Coordinator, Lizzy Thain was also on hand to advise how people can save money by joining a community oil buying scheme which buys in bulk to achieve savings for its members.
Shropshire RCC Chief Executive, Julia Baron said:
"During Big Energy Saving Week, we helped communities explore the ways they can save money on their fuel bills. Evidence shows rural families are twice as likely as their urban counterparts to struggle to heat their homes, due to lower than average incomes and houses that are less energy efficient.
Lack of access to cheaper fuel supplies is also a problem - 36 percent of homes in rural areas are off the gas grid, so many households rely on fuels such as oil, electric heating, LPG or coal.
There are lots of practical things people can do to cut their bills – from switching suppliers to joining an oil-buying group. We’re keen to make sure people don’t pay more than they need to for energy.”
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