Big Energy Saving Week

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We are pleased to support Big Energy Saving Week from 17th – 23rd January. The campaign, run by Citizens Advice, aims to help people cut down their bills and make sure they are aware of any financial assistance that is available to them to make their homes more energy efficient.

The increase in costs for energy mean that we all need to change how we use gas and electricity in our day to day lives. Here are some tips for making savings…

  1. You can save around £35 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode. Almost all electrical and electronic appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. Check the instructions for any appliances you aren’t sure about. Some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record.
  2. You can save on your energy bill just by using your kitchen appliances more carefully. Try cutting back on using dishwashers, washing machines and only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need.
  3. Try turning down your thermostat just a couple of degrees. Think about manually setting your heating as and when you need it rather than setting it to automatically kick in.
  4. Try washing clothes at a slightly lower temperature
  5. Check that you are on the best deals by using comparison websites
  6. Only heat the room you are using
  7. Take time to understand your energy bill, smart meters can help you to see how much energy you are using.
  8. Lighting can account for 18 % of a typical household’s energy bills, so switching to energy saving lightbulbs is one way you can take charge and reduce your energy bills.
  9. You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The scheme opens on 18 October 2021 dependent on supplier and qualifying criteria so get in touch with your provider.

If you are struggling to pay your bills or are experiencing any financial issues, you can contact our Tenancy Sustainment Team for advice on your income or budgeting please call 01452 833217 or email

You can also contact Warm and Well, who provide free energy efficiency advice that will help you stay warmer and healthier in your home. This ranges from simple changes you can make, to helping you access grants for insulation or providing information about renewable technologies. Contact them on or call 0800 500 3076.