Citizens Advice Purbeck is encouraging local residents to save money on heating costs with three simple steps.

1. Check your meter and bills regularly to make sure you’re paying the right amount

2. Look to see if a tariff or supplier switch would save money

3. Save energy by making sure walls and lofts are well insulated and unused appliances are turned off.

“It’s important to keep warm at home – the NHS recommends 18-21°C, or 65-70°F – but this can sometimes be unaffordable,” commented Helen Goldsack, Chief Officer, Citizens Advice Purbeck.

“Energy suppliers charge different amounts depending which tariff you are on, and being proactive means customers can make sure they’re not paying more than they should. People may also be unaware of schemes like Warm Home Discount which could help.”

A series of local drop-in events during Big Energy Saving Week (Monday 21st January – Sunday 27th January) will provide opportunities for everyone to find out more:

  • Monday 21st January – 10am - 4pm, Poole Jobcentre Plus, Dear Hay Lane, Poole
  • Tuesday 22nd January – 10am - 4pm, Tesco Blandford, Stour Park, Blandford Forum
  • Thursday 24th January – 10am - 1pm, Not Just Sundaes Community Cafe, South St, Wareham
  • Friday 25th January – 9.30am - 12noon, Swanage Coop, 52 Kings Road West, Swanage
  • Saturday 26th January – 10am - 12noon, Wareham Parish Hall, The Quay, Wareham

Those who can’t make an event can use Citizens Advice’s energy comparison tool (https://energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk/) or call the Citizens Advice energy line (Dorset only) on 01929 775500 for advice.

Big Energy Saving Week is an annual campaign run by Citizens Advice in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).