Keep warm in winter

Undated handout picture released by the Energy Retailers Association showing a Smart Meter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 11, 2009. British Gas said every household in Britain could reduce its energy use, cut carbon emissions and save money as a result of using smart meters under draft proposals.See PA story CONSUMER Meters.  Photo credit should read: Energy Retailers Association / PA Wire. B19805061242033072A

Undated handout picture released by the Energy Retailers Association showing a Smart Meter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 11, 2009. British Gas said every household in Britain could reduce its energy use, cut carbon emissions and save money as a result of using smart meters under draft proposals.See PA story CONSUMER Meters. Photo credit should read: Energy Retailers Association / PA Wire. B19805061242033072A

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Free advice is available on how to reduce fuel and energy bills and keep warm this winter.

Representatives from the Citizens Advice 1066 will be at the Priory meadow shopping centre in Hastings, on Monday October 26, between 9am and 5pm.

No appointment is needed, just come along if you’d like any help. Citizens Advice will also be running its annual Big Energy Saving Campaign at the end of October to help people reduce the cost their fuel and energy bills.

According to the recently revised official government figures and definition of fuel poverty, there are currently 2.35 million households in fuel poverty in England alone. This is 10% of all households in England.

Dan Lapins, from Citizens Advice, said: “Citizens Advice nationally recognise how fuel costs can affect people’s finances, and are looking to spread awareness on help communities keep their fuel bills down.

“We are running Big Energy Savings Week next week. Please phone or come and see our volunteers at you local citizens advice bureau for more information or you can visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/campaigns/current_campaigns/big-energy-saving-week.

“Local residents can also phone us on 01424 721386 or email moneyadvice@citizensadvice1066.co.uk to access support.”

This is the fifth Big Energy Saving Week and is a partnership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Energy and Climate Change with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.

People could save hundreds of pounds a year on their fuel bill by simply checking they are not paying more than they have to for their energy.

Switching suppliers, changing to a different tariff or exploring different billing methods are all options which could help without people having to reduce energy use.

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