Monday 21st January 2019 sees the start of this year’s Big Energy Saving Week.
It is part of a national campaign run by Citizens Advice to raise public awareness of ways to save money on energy costs. Various campaigns and events will people make their homes more energy efficient, access discounts or grants or most simply, switch energy supplier or tariff.
The plan is to help people reduce their energy bills and seek any assistance or financial support that they are entitled to, in line with the Big Energy Saving Network project 2018-19.
Customers may also be entitled to discounts like the Warm Home Discount if they receive Guarantee Pension Credit or are on a low income. This could provide a £140 rebate on bills, and champions of the campaign will be holding events across the country to help customers who are eligible.
To mark the start of the week, Citizens Advice Scotland announced that switching energy supplier could save each household in Scotland £150 annually.
Emma Grant McColm, energy policy manager for CAS said the figures showed a "huge variation across Scotland in rates of switching energy supplier".
"We know there are still large numbers of people paying over the odds on their energy bills," she said.
"Although the energy market is changing because of the introduction of the price cap, there are still substantial savings to be made.”
She added that "In 2017, 24.9% of households across Scotland were estimated to be in fuel poverty."
There are many events around the country during this week.
Check your local newspaper for more details of local events.
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