Big Energy Savings Week 2019
08 Jan 2019
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04 Apr 2018
04 Apr 2018
BESW19 starts on 21 January 2019. Citizens Advice Bracknell & District will be providing local, face-to-face advice on how to reduce energy bills at two events during the week.
Many people stay on the same energy tariff or with the same supplier for years without realising they could be getting a better deal elsewhere. Recent Ofgem research found that more than half of all households were still on a poor value default deal. There is potential to save hundreds of pounds a year by comparing your current utility bill and supplier against the market with a view to switch.
For example, Citizens Advice Bracknell was recently able to help a client reduce their utility bill by at least £250 per year by helping them to change supplier. They used the client’s recent fuel bills and the comparison tool available on the Citizens Advice website. You may find that your current supplier has a lower tariff you can move onto without having to change supplier.
How do you go about switching suppliers? You can find full information on the Citizens Advice website.
Is there a way to continually find the cheapest deal without having to spend time searching? You could join the Energy Club which is free to sign up to and free to use. They will alert you if there’s cheaper tariff available – and you can set a minimum amount you are prepared to switch for.
Often people have been with an energy supplier for several years and find it difficult to work out if they would be better off changing. Some people either don’t have access to the internet or don’t find it easy to use. It is possible to use uSwitch by sending copies (not originals as uSwitch can’t send the bills back) with your name and phone number, saying which bills you are sending and they will then phone you. The address to send to is: FREEPOST USWITCH. Or you can phone on 0800 688 8395. uSwitch can let you know if you could save money.
Changing how you pay for your energy may also reduce your bills – for instance paying by Direct Debit instead when the bills come in.
Some simple actions may reduce fuel bills – close your curtains at dusk; switch off lights in rooms you are not in; don’t leave televisions or other equipment on standby; once your mobile phone/computer/tablet is fully charged – switch off the charger. Whenever possible, hang washing outside to dry in the air.
For more information and assistance with checking if you could be saving money on your energy costs, especially if you find using the internet difficult, then come along with a recent bill to either of the Bracknell events happening during Big Energy Savings Week –
Wednesday 23 January at Tesco Warfield from 11AM – 3PM or
Friday 25 January Bracknell Town Council foyer, The Lexicon, from 11AM – 3PM.