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A big opportunity to save energy and money

In this guest blog, Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey introduces Big Energy Saving Week.  As the weather turns colder, many of us start to get ready for winter.

You might dig out your scarf or check your tyres – but how many of us remember to get our homes ready too. It’s Big Energy Saving Week (20-24 October) and a great reminder to take action so you and your family can keep warm this winter. The Week is a joint campaign between the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Energy Saving Trust and Citizens Advice. We’ve come together to encourage people to take three simple steps:

Check your energy bill

Take a look at your gas and electricity bills to make sure you're not paying more than you should be. Changing the way you pay could also save you money – so talk to your energy supplier about whether this makes a difference. The Government also provides financial support to specific groups such as older people. Make sure you’re getting what you’re entitled to – visit our Keep warm this winter website for more details.

Switch your tariff or supplier

The easiest way to cut energy bills is to shop around for the cheapest energy deal and switch suppliers. You could save up to £200 – and some people could save even more! The Government has changed the energy market so there’s much greater competition and this helps to drive down prices. We’re also making it easier and quicker for people to switch, and the major energy suppliers have confirmed that switching times will halve by the end of this year to two and a half weeks.

Save energy and money in the home

Insulating your home is one of the best ways to keep the warmth in and the cold out. You can also change the way you do things in the home. For example:

  • drying your clothes naturally rather than tumble-drying
  • using your dishwasher when it’s full and using the eco setting
  • turning off radiators in unused rooms
  • switching off lights and other electrical appliances when you don’t need them
  • filling the kettle with the water you need.

Together, these five actions can knock more than £100 off your annual energy bill. And that’s the crucial bit – the power is in your hands to save energy and money. Read more about Big Energy Saving Week, and find events near you.

Beyond Energy Saving Week

We’ve published a Keep warm this winter’ guide, which includes details of all the support available from the Government. We’ve also given an additional £1m funding to the Big Energy Saving Network, which helped more than 90,000 people last year. The network delivers outreach to vulnerable people to help them reduce their energy costs by switching tariffs/suppliers and taking up energy efficiency offers. For more information about the Government’s ‘Keep warm this winter’ activity, visit www.gov.uk/warmthiswinter. You can also find us on Facebook

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