Campaign to cut fuel bills in Big Energy Saving Week

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Bedford Borough Council has joined forces with Bedford and District Citizens Advice Bureau in backing Big Energy Saving Week.

This is the fourth annual national campaign, which is taking place from 20-24 October, to help people cut their fuel bills and receive all the financial support they are entitled to.

The campaign aims to help people cut their fuel bills by reducing energy usage, installing insulation and changing fuel tariff or supplier as well as providing information about the financial support available.

An information event is being held on Wednesday, 22 October from 9am-3pm in the Howard Centre, outside New Look and TK Maxx, in Bedford Town Centre. Visitors will be able to speak to an advisor and get practical tips and advice on reducing their energy bills through measures such as installing insulation as well as switching energy suppliers.

Bedford and District Citizens Advice Bureau is holding a drop-in Energy Bills Workshop on Thursday, 23 October from 10am-2pm. Everyone is welcome to bring their bills with them on the day and receive help in switching suppliers or just talk about concerns or questions regarding their energy bills.

Cllr Charles Royden, the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: “Why not come along to one of the local events to find out how you can reduce your energy bills if you are worried about how much money you’re spending to heat and light your home, or just want to spend less?”

Lorraine Gunther, Chief Executive Officer of Bedford and District Citizens Advice Bureau, added: “Household budgets are under pressure and people are looking for ways to cut back. Big Energy Saving Week will help people take simple steps to lower their energy bills and put money back into their pockets.”

If you cannot make it to the stand or drop-in workshop, then visit www.bedford.gov.uk/sustainability or www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk to find out how you can reduce your energy bills and keep warmer, for less, this winter.

The Council has also updated its ‘Safe, Healthy and Well’ leaflet which offers information on a range of services from organisations including schemes available for home insulation, heating and safety improvements, pension and benefits advice and details on keeping healthy during the cold winter months. To view the updated leaflet, visit www.bedford.gov.uk/safehealthywell