Big Energy Saving Week 2018 is an annual campaign run in partnership with Citizens Advice. This year's national campaign runs 22nd to 28th January 2018. The aim is to help people manage and cut their fuel bills and get the financial support they are entitled to, but could be missing out on.
You can use the Citizens Advice price comparison tool here to compare prices from energy suppliers and see if money can be saved on energy bills.
The week focuses on raising public awareness of how to switch energy supplier or tariff to get the best deal, access discounts and make homes more energy efficient.
Big Energy Saving Week is a partnership between, Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.
Energy bills are a big concern for households, according to recent research from uSwitch, over 2 million working families are struggling to pay their energy bills going into winter. You could save hundreds of pounds a year on your fuel bill by checking you're not paying more than you should for your energy.
- Make sure you are getting the best deal from your current supplier. Switching isn't the only way to get a better deal, most suppliers offer discounts for managing your account online or by choosing a 'dual fuel' deal.
Use our price comparison tool to compare prices from different suppliers.
- Investigate if there is a better way to pay your bills. Most suppliers offer a discount by paying by direct debit, on average it is £100 cheaper per year to pay by monthly direct debit than paying by cash or cheque.
Contact your supplier to find out if there is a more cost-effective way for you to pay.
- Find out if you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to. Did you know that up to £17bn in benefits and tax credits went unclaimed in the UK in 2013? That's enough to pay the fuel bills of nearly 13.5 million homes!
If you are struggling to pay your energy bills, or want to ensure you are getting all of the financial help you are entitled to, your local Citizens Advice Bureau can help you check that you aren't missing out.
- Switch suppliers or tariffs. Shopping around could save you £300 each year, this is often more if you have never switched before. There are lots of price comparison tools that can help you compare what's on offer.
Ofgem's Be an energy shopper provides helpful tips to get started. When you are ready to switch, you can click through to an accredited price comparison website, where you will get independent, accurate and up-to-date information.
- If you don't have access to the internet, you can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040 506. They will send you a factsheet with the deals available in your area.
- For more information on switching suppliers, visit our advice site here.
- The Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average home in the UK could save up to £130 per year, by taking energy saving steps.
- Insulate your home. Around 33% of heat is lost through the walls of your home and 26% through the roof. Insulation slows down the rate at which your house loses heat, meaning you could spend less to keep warm.
An energy retrofit including insulating cavity walls, topping up loft insulation, installing double glazing and upgrading a boiler, could save a household up to £320 on annual energy bills. Energy Saving Trust have lots of helpful advice to get you started in making your home energy efficient.
- Our partner, Citizens Advice, have lots of tips to help you make small changes around the home that will help you save energy and money.
How can you get involved?
If you would like to get involved with the Big Energy Savings Week 2018 campaign; there are a number of things you can do:
- Resources for Big Energy Savings Week 2018 partners
- Promote the campaign online and on social media by following the hashtag #BESW18 and join in the conversation.