Citizens Advice Manchester is hosting an event in Wythenshawe to help take the sting out of people’s fuel bills.
The event will take place tomorrow (Thursday January 25) in the Civic Centre as part of Big Energy Saving Week – a national campaign run by Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice Scotland, Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It is one of eight events across the city.
Everyone is invited to attend the free events where they’ll be shown how to reduce their energy costs using a three-step rule of check, switch, save:
Check their meter and bills regularly to make sure they’re paying the right amount.
Switch to a different tariff or supplier that’s better value for money by using Citizens Advice’s energy comparison tool.
Save energy by turning appliances off and making sure walls and lofts are well insulated. They should also make sure their boiler is in good working order.
People will be guided through Citizen Advice’s energy comparison tool at the events so they can switch supplier there and then and start making immediate savings.
Advisers will also suggest further cost-cutting measures people can adopt, depending on their circumstances. This could include making sure their home is well insulated so it’s energy efficient, or checking if they’re entitled to benefits, grants or discounts like the Warm Home Discount – a £140 rebate from their supplier.
Those who can’t make the event can use Citizen Advice’s energy comparison tool at home, contact their nearest Citizens Advice at a different time, or call the Consumer Service Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 for advice on reducing their energy costs.
Andy Brown, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Manchester, said:“Big Energy Saving Week is a fantastic opportunity to get expert advice on a range of ways you can reduce your energy costs.
“Switching your tariff or supplier is normally the quickest and most effective way to bring your costs down, but you can also modify your home and change your habits.
“It’s important for us to be taking part in Big Energy Saving Week as it’s older people and those on the lowest incomes who are likely to be paying over the odds for their energy as they’re least likely to switch.
“We encourage as many people as possible to attend the events or to use our energy comparison tool to check for savings.”