Save and Warm – A simple way of encouraging people to save money and keep warm in winter.
Community Lincs consider this work a priority, working strategically with partners and directly with communities on energy saving initiatives that help to tackle fuel poverty across the county.
In recent years, through both the Energy Best Deal and Big Energy Saving Network programmes, Community Lincs have delivered around 100 energy advice sessions to a mix of vulnerable consumer groups and frontline staff to:
- understand energy bills and tariffs;
- reduce their energy costs;
- be aware of how to make homes energy efficient;
- claim the right benefits; and
- have relevant contacts for advice.
Our Save and Warm project, funded by The Scottish Power Energy People Trust, is delivering an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers and frontline workers. Community Lincs will work in partnership with Children’s Links in order to effectively engage vulnerable families in East and West Lindsey in a series of 21 fun and interactive Staying Warm and Saving Money activity sessions and 11 1:1 follow up support sessions.
The project will target families with children of school age and under (upper age limit for children is 16 years).
The project provides free information sessions and follow up 1:1 support around saving money and keeping warm in winter.
- Save and Warm provides specially trained advisers who can run bespoke events for families in East and West Lindsey from July 2017 until March 2018
- Save and Warm will come to where you meet. We run relaxed group workshops with games and activities
- Save and Warm provides impartial advice and support on suitable tariffs, the cheapest way to pay bills, and how to reduce the amount of energy used
- Save and Warm can help people take control and get the best deal to suit their needs
- Save and Warm provides information about schemes offered by the Government or energy suppliers that could help with energy costs
Save and Warm be Energy Wise!
If your organisation has contact with vulnerable consumers and you would like to learn more about how Save and Warm can work with you please contact:
Janet Clark or Samantha Smith at Community Lincs
Telephone: 01529 301962 / 301960
Save and Warm – Check, Switch, Insulate, Reduce
- Check if there is a better way to pay your bills. Direct debit remains the cheapest way to pay. You may also get a discount for managing your account online but remember to check your bill when it arrives. Not sure how to read and understand your energy bill? Watch the YouTube video on the right hand side of this webpage.
- Check that you are getting all you are entitled to. If you are not keeping warm and struggling to pay your energy bills you may be entitled to help from your energy supplier or additional benefits.
- Switch off appliances not in use and save ££s. The average UK household is spending between £45 and £80 each year leaving appliances on standby, so turn them off when not in use.
- Switch energy supplier or tariff, make sure you are not paying more than you have to for your energy. Are you getting the best deal? Are you on the cheapest tariff with your current supplier or is there a better deal with them or another company?
- Insulate – make sure your home is fully insulated and draft proof. You may be entitled to help with this so give your energy company a call for the latest news on grant funding.
- Reducing energy usage at home – watch the YouTube video on the right hand side of this webpage. For further tips please visit: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic
How to switch energy supplier and shop for a better deal
Comparing energy tariffs and deals regularly can help you make sure you’re getting the best gas or electricity tariff for your usage and the best service offer. It can also highlight if you could cut your bills by switching supplier.
Shop for cheaper gas and electricity – it pays to shop around. Ofgem research finds comparing and switching supplier or energy tariff can make a big difference to your gas and electricity bills – with annual savings of around £300 available. Even prepayment customers with a debt (up to £500) can switch suppliers.
Tools to help you compare gas and electricity tariffs – get to grips with the questions to ask suppliers, using comparison websites and the information you’ll need, visit Go Energy Shopping from Citizens Advice.
Switching gas or electricity supplier – to switch energy supplier you’ll need:
- your postcode;
- the name of your current supplier;
- the name of the energy tariff you’re currently on and how much you spend on gas and electricity, this information is on a recent bill;
- an up-to-date meter reading; and
- your bank details (if you will be paying by direct debit).
How to switch energy supplier – for the key aspects of the switching process, visit Go Energy Shopping.
How long it takes to switch supplier – switching supplier can take up to 21 days (plus a 14 day ‘cooling-off period’). In most cases, it’s around 17 days. Your new supplier will confirm the date you’ll be switched.
If you change your mind – you’ll have 14 days to cancel a switch from the date you start a contract with a new supplier. This period is also referred to as a ‘cooling-off period’. After this timeframe, there may be a cost to exit the contract depending on your agreement. You must contact your supplier to cancel any contract.
Get help – the Citizens Advice consumer helpline can offer help and advice at any time if you’re having problems switching.
Lincs2Advice, free advice on money, benefits, health, education, work, legal and care in Lincolnshire: 0300 303 8789
Citizens Advice Consumer Service and Consumer Helpline: 03454 04 05 06
Energy Saving Advice Service: Telephone: 0300 123 1234
Turn 2 Us (benefit checker): https://www.turn2us.org.uk/
Warm Home Discount – a £140 rebate off electricity or gas bill this winter for qualifying households. This scheme is funded by the energy suppliers. It provides direct and indirect financial support to vulnerable energy consumers.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – you could be eligible for support from an energy supplier, they provide services such as insulation and heating improvements, funding for wall and roof insulation measures to qualifying low-income and vulnerable households.
Priority Service Register – a range of free services provided by fuel suppliers and network operators for qualifying customers such as: people who are of pensionable age, households with children under 5, householders with a disability or chronic illness. Contact your energy supplier (the company who you pay for your energy) and the network companies that distribute energy to your home to see if you’re eligible to sign up to their PSR.
- Electricity is distributed by: Western Power Distribution in the south of Lincolnshire and Northern Powergrid in the north of Lincolnshire. If you are in the centre of the county and are unsure, you can contact either company and they will point you in the right direction.
- Gas is distributed by Cadent Gas.
Comparing Costs and Switching Supplier
For information on how to save money by switching energy supplier visit the Go Energy Shopping website and look for the how to shop section.
For additional advice for comparing costs for those people using pre-pay meters have a look at the advice from MoneySavingExpert.
Struggling To Pay Your Energy Bills?
If you are struggling to pay your energy bill the Citizens Advice website can help. You can also use the website to find your local Citizens Advice Bureau which will also be able to help with debt advice.