Affordable Warmth Network team out and about in Big Energy Saving Week

17th January 2014

Big Energy Saving Week, a national campaign from the Citizens Advice Bureau, begins on 27 January. Our Affordable Warmth Network team will be out and about undertaking lots of outreach with CABs, helping people cut hundreds of pounds from their energy bills, have cosier homes and stay healthy.

Affordable Warmth Helpline contributes to Big Energy Saving Week

As the rising cost of living continues to put pressure on household budgets, our Affordable Warmth Helpline will continue to offer help and advice across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, as well as making referrals to key organisations such as the CAB network to ensure vulnerable residents are getting all the support they are entitled to.

Big Energy Saving Week is a national campaign running from 27 to 31 January. Run by Citizens Advice and supported by charities, the Government and the energy industry to help consumers check they are on the best deal, switch tariff or supplier and take up help to insulate their homes and reduce their energy usage.

By taking action to check, switch and insulate, consumers could make savings on their energy bills:

  • £325 average saving from insulation and other energy saving measures.
  • £100 average saving paying by direct debit rather than cash or cheque.
  • Up to £200 saving for switching tariff or supplier if they have never switched before.

Dale Hoyland, our Project Manager for the Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Network says:

“In these economic challenging times, it’s important that residents struggling to afford adequate heating access all the available help to ensure money is not being wasted, and to avoid adverse health effects. There are many ways in which we may be able to assist, and the recent changes to funding, for example through Green Deal and ECO grants, mean that there are additional opportunities for residents not previously eligible.”

Organised by the Oxfordshire CAB, advisers from the Affordable Warmth Network, CAB and other organisations will be in shopping centres, libraries and market squares in Cowley, central Oxford, Abingdon, Banbury and Witney to help residents find out how they can make sure they are not spending any more than they have to on their energy bills.

On Wednesday 29th January people can drop into Reception at Oxford CAB in St Aldate’s between 5pm and 6pm to find out how to save on their bills. Or pick up a leaflet at the Central Library any time during the week of 27th.

In Abingdon, people can look for the BESW stand at the Monday market on 27th. Templar Square, Cowley will have a stand on Tuesday 28th. Witney library will have a display during the week. Shoppers in Banbury should look out for our wooden barrow in the Castle Quay shopping centre on February 4th.

David Soward, Project Manager of the Consumer Empowerment Partnership (CEP) at Oxford CAB said:

“During Big Energy Saving Week we’ll be helping consumers to check, switch and insulate to bring their energy costs down. The rising cost of living means that more and more people are finding that their household budgets won’t cover day to day essentials. We’re keen to make sure that no-one pays a penny more than they need to on energy costs. There are practical things that people can do to reduce their energy bills and help ease financial pressure.”

Consumers can also get help and advice online at the Big Energy Saving Week website, from their local CAB, or can join in our twitter chat on Thursday 30 January.