A TOWN advice centre will help people to save money on their energy bills as part of a national drive.
Hartlepool Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) is encouraging householders to visit them to check they are not paying too much for their gas and electricity.
The service is taking part in the national Big Energy Saving Week campaign which starts today.
Hartlepool CAB manager Joe Michna said the ever rising cost of living is putting even more pressure on household budgets.
But he said they can help consumers save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills which have seen some of the biggest increases in the last few years.
Mr Michna said: “During Big Energy Saving Week we’ll be helping consumers to check, switch and insulate to bring their energy costs down.
“The rising cost of living means that more and more people are finding that their household budgets won’t cover day to day essentials.
“We’re keen to make sure that no-one pays a penny more than they need to on energy costs.
“There are practical things that people can do to reduce their energy bills and help ease financial pressure.”
Hartlepool CAB’s own specialist energy advisors will meet with be on hand to offer expert help during Big Energy Saving Week.
The service says people could save up to £200 by switching their tariff or supplier if you have never switched before.
Savings of £100 a year could be made by paying by direct debit instead of by cash or cheque.
And it says better insulation could also lead to average annual savings of £325.
Some energy companies recently announced they were increasing their prices by 10 per cent.
Mr Michna added: “Big Energy Saving Week is a great opportunity for us and our partners in the campaign offer advice and help those who need it most.”
The Big Energy Saving Week is being led by citizens advice bureaus nationally.
They have teamed up with partner organisations including the Energy Saving Trust charity, fuel companies and the Government.
Anybody wanting to make an appointment with Hartlepool CAB’s specialist energy advisor should call into one of the centre’s drop-in sessions at 87 Park Road on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 3pm.