Big Energy Saving Week 2020: Where Can I Get Advice on Saving Energy?

Big Energy Saving Week 2020 is a national campaign run by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in partnership with Citizens Advice, created to raise awareness of energy use and make the public aware of ways to cut down on their bills. It’s a no-brainer – save energy and you’ll save money.

Big Energy Saving Week 2020 is a massively important event for helping people understand how energy works in the home, and how to cut down on what we use. It’s a simple concept, but in practice things can get complicated. Each home is different, each families energy demand is different, and each property has its own limitations. If you’re struggling with your bills and trying to find more information on energy saving and how to apply it to your home, then these are some organisations that could help you.

Where can I get advice on saving energy?

  • The GreenAge: Energy saving advice is what we do, and we have over a thousand articles available to read for free, covering everything from solar panels to draught-proofing – take a look at our “100 Ways To Save Energy In Your Home” article here for some quick-fire tips. Researching a particular topic? Use the search bar in the top right to browse relevant articles. Pro tip: try to use keywords instead of full sentences for the best results, eg ‘cheapest electric heating’ instead of ‘which is the cheapest kind of electric heater to run’. If you’ve searched the site and still can’t find the answer to your question, give us a call on 0208 144 0897 to speak to one of our team and we’ll do everything we can to help!
  • The Energy Saving Trust: The Energy Saving Trust is an organisation not unlike the GreenAge, but they’re run by the Government. They have a lot of information on their main website, and their new Simple Energy Advice website is also a handy resource. They’re also good to chat to, with a freephone helpline and trained advisors available – you can reach them on 0800 444202.
  • Nest/Nyth: If you live in Wales, you can get in touch with Nest, a resource set up by the Welsh Government to “show you how we can help and the eligibility for free home energy efficiency improvements”. It’s designed for anyone in Wales struggling to keep their home warm or cope with their energy bills. You can give them a call on 0808 808 2244 or request a call back here.
  • Home Energy Scotland: As the name suggests, Home Energy Scotland runs an advice line and a network of local advice centres for anyone is Scotland trying to save energy and reduce their bills. Funding schemes, subsidies and grants tend to be quite different in Scotland, so if you live there then these guys are definitely the resource you’ll want to explore first. You can reach them on 0808 808 2244.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau: This kind of advice is exactly what Citizens Advice exists for. What your local Citizens Advice can provide that other organisations might struggle with is specific knowledge of the funding opportunities in your area. A lot of councils will have funds available for local people struggling with their bills, and while it’s very difficult for a national organisation to keep track of them all, you local Citizens Advice should know about what is available in your area. You can find your local Citizens Advice here.
  • Citizens Advice Scotland: Citizens Advice Scotland is a separate entity to the body that’s available for the rest of the UK. They’ve been great at supporting Big Energy Saving Week 2020, and have a whole host of resources that you can access here. They also offer free and impartial advice on how to make your home more energy efficiency on 0808 808 2282.

We love Big Energy Saving Week, it’s a great way to raise awareness of how people intereact with their energy usage. That said, don’t limit yoursef to one single week! All of these fantanstic energy advice organisations are available throughout the year. Energy saving should be an ongoing goal for us all!

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