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Citizens Advice Halton hosting Big Energy Saving events to help people cut their energy bills


Citizens Advice Halton is helping local people get ready for winter by hosting a number of special events on how to get the best value for money from their gas and electricity.

 

The event is part of Big Energy Saving Week (31 October – 6 November), a national campaign run by Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

The campaign aims to help people to cut their energy costs by following a three-step rule:

  • check,
  • switch and
  • save

 

People are encouraged to check their current tariff and compare it with other suppliers, before switching to a cheaper deal if available. They are also given tips on making sure they’re saving energy in their home.

 

Citizens Advice Halton free energy saving event will take place at Windmill Hill Children’s Centre on Tuesday 1st November between 12noon-3pm.  Sessions are also being planned for Widnes market and Halton Lea shopping centre, but people can also use Citizens Advice Halton’s daily drop-in sessions to get help and advice to switch to a cheaper tariff.

 

Using Citizens Advice’s online energy price comparison tool, advisers can show people how to check they’re on the best tariff for their needs or if there’s a cheaper deal with a different supplier.

 

People can learn about making their home more energy efficient, for example by getting cavity wall insulation, draught excluders or double glazing. Advisers will be suggesting how to avoid using extra energy by not leaving the TV on standby or leaving lights on.

 

Advisers can also check whether energy customers are eligible for a discount from their supplier, for example if they are claiming certain benefits.

 

Those who can’t make the event can still follow Big Energy Saving Week’s three-step rule of check, switch, save at home. They can use Citizens Advice’s online price comparison tool to work out if they can find a cheaper energy deal elsewhere, or contact Citizens Advice for help.

 

Hitesh Patel, CEO of Citizens Advice Halton, said:  “Checking your energy tariff and switching to a cheaper deal is one of the quickest and easiest ways to cut your bills.  Big Energy Saving Week is a great opportunity to get expert advice on how you can make savings before winter starts, from changing energy supplier to insulating your home.  We would urge everyone to come down to the event, use our price comparison tool or contact our service for advice so they can start making savings .”

 

Margot James, Minister for Consumers, said:  “Millions of people have already switched and saved this year, but we know that some people can find it difficult to find the best deal. Big Energy Saving Week will help people up and down the country find out how they could save on their energy bills, many could save around £300, as we create a country that works for everyone.”