On Friday 30th October Dawn Butler MP held a Big Energy Switch Stall along with Brent Citizens Advice Bureau, Energy Solution and Brent CCG at the new Willesden Green Library.
Over the course of the day Dawn and fellow advisors gave advice to residents on switching energy providers, managing their debts and making their homes more energy efficient. The advice taken could have saved the residents attending well over £2,000 combined.
The event was held in aid of the Big Energy Switch Week, which was set up to highlight how easy it can be to check your current tariff and switch to a better deal.
Despite changes to make switching easier consumers often are stuck on their original tariff plan and are paying too much for their fuel bills. With the country braced for the longest winter in fifty years, as some have reported, energy bills will undoubtedly increase and debts will continue to escalate.
Dawn Butler MP said “The stall was set up to provide valuable information for Brent residents to let them know how much money they can really save by making a few easy changes to their homes and energy provider or tariff. I will continue to make tackling fuel poverty and rip-off energy prices my number one priority.”
Sophia Johnson from Brent CAB said “It was great to work with Dawn on this event, we get ever increasing referrals to our offices with consumers falling into debt because they are unable to control their energy bill payments. The Big Energy Savings week is a great way to highlight just how easy it is to switch to a better tariff and can help households save hundreds of pounds every year.”
Rosamund Baptiste from Energy Solutions said “We had one family come to the stall who were being overcharged because of a faulty meter. If they had not come along to discuss their bills they may never have known.”
10 TOP ENERGY SAVING TIPS
Whether you’re a homeowner, student, private or social renter, there are many things you can do to reduce how much energy you use and how much is spent.
- 1. Understand your bill.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand some of the terminology used on your bills. Don’t be afraid to ask your supplier for help to get the full understanding.
- 2. Switch off standby
You can save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn appliances off standby
- 3. Careful in your kitchen
Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and save £30 a year in energy bills.
- Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need and save around £7 a year.
- Cutback your washing machine use by just one cycle per week and save £5 a year on energy, and a further £8 a year on metered water bills.
- 4. Get a head
A water efficient shower head could save a four person household (eg a family of four or even a shared student flat) around £67 a year on gas for water heating, as well as a further £100 on water bills if they have a water meter.
- 5. Spend less time in the shower
Spending one minute less in the shower each day will save £10 off your energy bills each year, per person. With a water meter this will save a further £15 off annual water and sewerage bills. If everyone in a four person family did this it would save £100 a year.
- 6. Draught excluder
You lose heat through draughts around doors and windows, or through the chimney.
DIY draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £200, but can save up to £25 to £35 a year on energy bills.
- 7. Take control of your heating
More than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. Having a room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves installed could save you between £80 and £165 a year. Even turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save between £85 and £90 a year.
Whatever the age of your boiler the right controls will let you:
- set your heating and hot water to come on and off when you need them
- heat only the areas of your home that need heating
- set the temperature for each area of your home.
- 8. Get savvy with new smart heating controls
- 9. Switch to LEDs
If the average household replaced all of their remaining old-fashioned bulbs with regular energy saving bulbs, and all of their halogens with LEDs, it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills.
10. Turn off lights
Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. This will save around £15 a year on your bills.