Update on BESW 2016 will be announced during August 2016

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Big Energy Saving Week, 2015

Mon 26 Oct – Sun 1 Nov


The Launch event on 25th September will see the start of 4 weeks of activities leading up to the Citizens Advice’s Big Energy Saving Week on the 26th of October

This year, 2015, the CAB BESW campaign this year, Check, Switch, Save, will be coordinated across the SouthWest by Citizens Advice Plymouth, LocalGen (based at the Home Energy Centre, Ilminster) in Somerset and Cornwall community Council.
..In Somerset,other entities will also act as information hubs, including Transition groups, holding events and activities in the run up and during the Week and through out Somerset among  those entities

 

As Gold Partner for Somerset, the LocalGen Home Energy Centre is inviting community groups and entities in Somerset to participate in holding events and activities that engage with householders

The campaign over the four weeks from 25 September leading up to the BESW Week and the Week itself,  will bring to the attention of householders the many ways that they can reduce their energy costs, reduce their home's carbon footprint and increase the household's welbeing

 

Contact us on hec@localgen.org.uk for details of how community groups and social enterprises can participate in the funding available to contribute towards the cost of holding events and activities

 

The key message to householders during Big Energy Saving Week is to

Check, Switch and Save..

 

Check that you are not paying too much for your fuel. Simple changes like paying by direct debit and switching to online bills rather than paper copies can save up to £100 each year altogether. Also make sure if you are on a low income that you receive the appropriate money to cover your bills. Cold Weather Payments in winter and the Winter Fuel Allowance for pensioners can go a long way towards making fuel more affordable.  If you are having difficulties paying your bill you may be eligible for a grant to help.

Check your meter regularly to make sure you are paying the right amount.  If estimates are being used, you could be due a significant refund, or you may be building up arrears on your account without realising it.

Check a prepayment meter regularly throughout the year..16% of households have a prepayment meter and this is set to rise significantly.  15% of prepayment meter customers have self-disconnected at some point.

Switching providers could save you money.  Energy suppliers are legally required to inform you if they have a tariff that would be cheaper for you, but other companies could be cheaper. If you have never switched before then this could save up to £200 each year. If you heat your home with oil, consider joining an oil-club to save money by purchasing in bulk with others.

Saving energy is the easiest way to cut down on costs and emissions.  Turning things off when you are not using them and only heating your house when you are there can save up to £130 each year and 500kg of CO2.  A lot of heat escapes through the walls and the roof, so better insulation could save £320 every year, and reduce carbon emissions by 1.3 tonnes.

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