Tips on how to avoid sky-high winter bills

Citizens Advice is looking to help locals tackle their energy problems as part of a national awareness week.

Big Energy Saving Week runs from January 27 until 31 and is being held to raise awareness of how people can save money, change suppliers and cope with the financial difficulties created by spiralling bills.

The 1066 Country branch of Citizens Advice is taking part and is hoping as many Observer readers as possible take advantage of the information on offer.

Dan Lapins, spokesman for Citizens Advice 1066, had this message for Observer readers: “With recent increases in energy prices, and the rising cost of living - now more than ever it is important people have all the information they need to try and keep their costs down.

“You can find a wealth of advice on how to keep your bills down and get the best deals by visiting, or by calling 0300 1231234.

“You can also visit our bureau at any time during opening hours and pick up a leaflet or booklet with more information. “

“Our campaign gives advice on a lot of different areas, but three of the most important are: checking your tariff and considering changing suppliers; insulating and being efficient; and getting help from suppliers.

“If you are having problems with your energy costs or have any other enquiries, please contact us.

“We run confidential drop-in interviews, available between 9am and 4pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and from 9am and 1pm Tuesday and Thursday.

“These are held at Renaissance House, London Road, St Leonards. Our service is free and available to everyone.”

Telephone advice is also available on Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm and 4pm on 01424 721420 and readers can also email their questions to