Big Energy Saving Week

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I’m supporting Big Energy Saving Week where organisations like Citizen’s Advice and the Energy Saving Trust help people to get on top of their energy bills.

Energy bills are a big part of household spending and many local residents struggle with fuel poverty.

I’m working in Parliament to reform the way our energy system works to stop the big gas and electricity companies ripping people off. I’m also pushing for homes to be upgraded to keep the heat in, because often those with the least money have to spend the most to keep warm over winter.

These kind of changes won’t happen overnight, but there are still steps most people can take to cut bills. For Big Energy Saving Week I want to make sure local residents have the information they need to start saving money now.

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y people stay on the same tariff or with the same supplier for years without realising they could be getting a better deal elsewhere. They could be saving around £300 a year, particularly if they have never switched before.

● Making simple changes to everyday behaviours, such as using electrical appliances differently (e.g not leaving TVs on standby, not leaving lights on and taking shorter showers) could save a family household as much as £130 on their annual energy bills – that’s equivalent to 500kg of carbon dioxide emissions.

● An energy efficiency retrofit of the home – including insulating cavity walls, topping up loft insulation, installing double glazing and upgrading a boiler – could save a household on average £250 on their annual energy bills, reducing emissions by 1 tonne of carbon dioxide a year.

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What you can do:

If you don’t know where to start looking for cheaper energy deals there are some easy to use services. The Big Clean Switch helps Greater Manchester residents to save money by switching to renewable energy providers. Citizens Advice also have an easy to use online tool to help you compare different offers.

Specialist support for vulnerable consumers is available from suppliers through the Warm Home Discount scheme, Cold Weather Payments and the Priority Services Register. For more information on the schemes, there’s lots of detail on the Citizen’s Advice website.

There are several supplier and Government schemes to help make homes more energy efficient. For more information on the schemes, including eligibility criteria, visit https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/campaigns/current_campaigns/big-energy-saving-week/big-energy-saving-week-save/ or call the Energy Saving Trust on 0300 123 1234.

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