Energy is an important features in everyday life and accessing it cheaply, getting support where needed and saving it where possible can have a massive impact on consumers' ability to manage their energy usage and cost.
Suppliers and Government offer a lot of help to consumers to make homes more efficient and reduce the amount they spend on energy. The main schemes are the Green Deal, Nest and ECO, and HEEPS in Scotland. Specialist support for vulnerable consumers is also available from suppliers through the Warm Home Discount Scheme, Cold Weather Payments and the Priority Services Register.
Big Energy saving week is a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to and is a joint project between Citizens Advice, Government, energy suppliers, Energy Saving Trust, ACRE , Age UK and other voluntary and charitable organisations.
Contact your energy supplier to check you are on the best tariff and payment method for your circumstances, or if they can offer you any discounts to cut your bills.
Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau to check you are not missing out on any benefits or tax credits that could boost your income.
Visit an accredited switching website to see if you could get your energy cheaper elsewhere. Shopping around for your energy supplier could save you as much as £200 if you have never switched before.
If you use heating oil as your main fuel, see if there are any local oil buying clubs you can join. If not, you might want to start your own.
If you're worried about how much money you're spending to heat and light your home, or just want to spend less, there are some simple steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
Keep in the heat by insulating the cavity walls and the loft of your home - you could save up to £320 per year. Most suppliers are giving away free or discounted insulation and other energy efficiency measures so ask if you're eligible.
Find out more about Big Energy saving week, as well as further information available on schemes and eligibility criteria by calling the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 in England and Wales. In Scotland contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.
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