Big Energy Saving Week heats up the UK

Citizens Advice News

As Big Energy Saving Week draws to a close, this week has already taken the Big Energy Saving Message to over 100,000 consumers, and more are still to come. Citizens Advice Bureaux and partners up and down the country have achieved some amazing things.

Here is a quick snapshot of the last few days…

We’ve held more than 300 events to help consumers learn how to check, switch and insulate to save money and energy. Staff and volunteers have been out from Truro to Orkney (via Caerphilly).

We took the message to social media, with hundreds of Bureaux and consumers taking part in yesterday’s live Twitter Q&A and entering our online competition to win energy saving goodies. This was the pinnacle of a social media week that began with our favourite energy saver – Kevin the Wiltshire Energy Saving Dog!

Check out #besw14 for Twitter updates.

We began the week with a focus on fuel poverty, led by Southwark CAB. Drawing in an almost full house, this event bought councils, GLA members and Bureaux together to discuss innovative approaches to tackle fuel poverty and ensure that all London residents can access the support they need to heat their homes adequately. Attendees also got a peek into the GLA’s planned work on the issue over the next year, courtesy of speaker Fiona Twycross.

Hot on the heels of our London launch, Big Energy Saving Week hit Parliament. Over 100 energy suppliers, MPs and Bureaux crammed in to hear our CEO Gillian Guy and representatives from Energy Saving Trust, Ofgem and Government pledge their support for the week. We were also lucky enough to benefit from support from the Secretary of State Ed Davey.

And in a busy media week, Bureaux and partners have made more than 70 radio appearances and taken Big Energy Saving messages to local and regional papers across the land, while we also made national headlines highlighting the need to cut energy bills.

We’d like to thank our funders and partners for all their hard work and support – and most importantly to thanks Citizens Advice Bureaux across England, Wales and Scotland for getting involved with such passion.

Find out how you can cut fuel costs and save energy

If you have been hiding under a rock, or just can’t wait for next year, you can still visit for more great tips and watch Cathy’s video to get energy saving advice:

One comment

  1. Martin Woolley

    Domestic Oil pricing for off gas grid customers.
    In rural areas where domestic oil heating is the only option, an upfront payment of around £300 is required for minimum quantity delivery of 500 litres.
    This is a sizeable advance for low income families and often vulnerable elderly.
    Whilst oil clubs may shave a few pence off the price, we suggest the purchasing power of the government could be energised to support the elderly through a a significantly discounted voucher scheme by way of winter fuel payment.
    Would the government investigate a mechanism for forward buying domestic heating oil at an advantageous spot price and reserving this notional stock to be claimed by vouchers in lieu of Winter Fuel payments in rural areas?
    For example reserve fuel voucher stock at June 2013 price of 52p/litre and issue winter fuel payment vouchers to the value of £100 at 52p/litre when the winter 2013 price was 65p/litre – 25% saving?
    Oversight of the domestic oil heating market is not part of OFGEM’s remit and it is not subject to independent scrutiny other than by OFT. Should domestic oil retail pricing be included in OFGEM’s remit?

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