Richmond Citizens Advice runs sessions on cutting energy bills

Citizens Advice in Richmond is running sessions on cutting your energy bill this winter.

The sessions will be held throughout the winter months in a bid to cut fuel costs for hundreds of people.

Advisers will help people compare their gas and electricity costs, negotiate with providers and reduce how much energy they use.

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Research last year revealed the three in ten people believe they will be unable to heat their homes to a comfortable level over the winter.

In many cases people can save hundreds of pounds on their gas and electricity bills. Some people will be able to save money by switching to a cheaper deal with another supplier.

Citizens Advice has estimated that as many as 4.7 million households in England haven’t switched their energy supplier for ten years.

People may also be able to cut costs by making their home more energy efficient – by having their boiler serviced or getting double glazing for their windows.

To book an Energy Best Deal appointment in Richmond call 01748 823862​.

Energy top tips

  1. If you are having problems paying your energy bills contact your nearest Citizens Advice. They can check to see if you are getting the benefits you are entitled to, or if you are eligible for extra help.
  2. Contact your supplier if you have problems paying or if you think your bill is wrong. If you’re struggling to afford your bills they should refer you to available support or talk you through repayment options.
  3. Make sure that you’re on the cheapest tariff. Check with your supplier and use the Citizens Advice price comparison tool to see what the best available deal for you is: https://energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk
  4. If you are on the standard variable tariff check if there is a cheaper fixed deal available. The standard tariff is often much more expensive than other available fixed price tariffs, where the price of a unit of energy will stay the same for the length of the deal.
  5. Check your bills carefully and send a meter reading to your supplier regularly. This will allow you to check how much energy you use and make sure you’re paying the right amount. You can find out more about how to do this here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/your-energy-meter/how-to-read-your-energy-meter
  6. If you use a pre-payment meter, remember that standing charges will be added daily – even when you aren’t using energy. Check how much they are and keep your meter topped up even during warm weather to avoid unexpected charges
  7. If you use heating oil as your main fuel, buy before winter and see if there are any local oil buying clubs you can join. If not, you might want to start your own.
  8. Make your home more energy efficient – insulate lofts and walls, double glaze or use thick curtains to keep the heat in, and get your boiler serviced or replaced to ensure it is energy efficient. You can find out whether you are eligible for financial help with this here: https://www.gov.uk/energy-grants-calculator
  9. Avoid leaving appliances on standby or leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily. Fix leaking taps and always turn off the light when you leave a room.
  10. Do a home energy check to find out about savings on household energy bills: http://hec.est.org.uk