Household energy bills in Scotland have doubled in the last nine years and a third of Scots struggle to afford their gas and electricity bills. Despite this, £20 billion of benefits went unclaimed in 2011 and many people could save up to £200 a year by switching their energy supplier. That’s why this week I will be supporting Big Energy Savings Week; a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.
The campaign is a collaboration between Citizens Advice Scotland, Scottish citizen’s advice bureaux, Citizens Advice (England & Wales), the Energy Savings Trust, Government, energy suppliers and other charitable organisations.
The primary message of Big Energy Saving Week is that consumers can save money and energy if the Check – Switch – Insulate.
Check – contact your energy supplier to check that you are on the best tariff and payment method for your circumstances, or if they can offer you any discounts to cut your bills.
Switch – 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 buying clubs you can join. If not, start your own.
Insulate – 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.
If you want more information about the campaign, you can watch a video about Big Energy Savings Week here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA7OFZCr45c&feature=youtu.be