BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK – helping households in Bucks to save money on their energy bills Supported by Community Impact Bucks, Citizens Advice Bureau and partners

Community Impact Bucks will be helping people in Buckinghamshire reduce their energy bills and save money as part of Big Energy Saving Week (20-26 January 2020).

Staff and volunteers from Community Impact Bucks will be running five drop-in sessions to help people take control of their energy usage, reduce their household bills and make sure they’re getting the best deal:

  • MON 20th JAN 2020 (11.00 – 14.00): Aylesbury Library, Walton Street, Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UA
  • TUE 21st JAN 2020 (11.00 – 14.00): Wycombe Library, 5 Eden Place, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2DH
  • WED 22nd JAN 2020 (11.00 – 14.00): Wycombe Library, 5 Eden Place, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2DH
  • THU 23rd JAN 2020 (11.00 – 14.00): Aylesbury Community Workshop, Old HSBC Bank, 2 Walton Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7ST
  • FRI 24th JAN 2020 (11.00 – 14.00): ): Wycombe Library, 5 Eden Place, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2DH

See https://communityimpactbucks.org.uk/events/ for full details.

As Big Energy Saving Week 2020 (20-26 January) kicks off, new research has revealed a significant gap in consumer understanding about managing their household energy use and the simple steps people can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

The survey, conducted by Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust, shows that over a third (36%) of British households have not made changes to their energy usage at home in recent years. That’s 9.7 million households that experts say need more help and encouragement with ways to save money and reduce their household emissions.

To support people in making these changes Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are launching an expert-approved list of ‘20 ways to save’ this Big Energy Saving Week 2020.

The organisations are urging people to take a look and see how small changes can make a big difference. These include four changes which together could potentially save households £100 per year and help cut carbon emissions:

  • Turning your thermostat down by one degree
  • Changing all your lightbulbs to LEDs
  • Turning appliances off rather than keeping them on standby
  • Only using the right amount of water in your kettle

Samantha Hardy from CIB, BESN Energy Champion said:

“Big Energy Saving Week aims to put money in your pocket and help the planet.  It is an annual consumer education campaign designed to encourage consumers to save energy and cut household bills.  This could range from everyday actions, such as reducing how much water you put in the kettle, to bigger projects like insulating your home.

“We at Community Impact Bucks are part of the Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) and During the awareness week (20-26th January) we will be providing help with all your queries about saving energy and money, including switching to a cheaper energy tariff, or accessing extra grants and benefits.”

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For any media enquiries or interviews, please contact Rachel Fisher / Chanel Smith

E: chanel@communityimpactbucks.org.uk / rachel@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

T: 0300 111 1250

Notes for editors:

  • Big Energy Saving Week is brought to you by Energy Saving Trust, Citizens Advice and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). They are giving people the power to save energy and money by listing easy everyday actions the GB public can take to mark the week, which runs from 20-26th The expert endorsed ‘20 ways to save’ list is published here to inspire positive changes throughout the week. We all have the power to save energy, money and the environment through everyday actions and making a handful of changes this Big Energy Saving Week can make a big difference.
  • Consumer research was conducted amongst 2,001 GB adults between 17th-18th December 2019 by Censuswide on behalf of Energy Saving Trust, Citizens Advice and BEIS.
  • Financial and carbon dioxide savings are based on weighted average savings for Great Britain which takes into account the housing stock mix and heating fuel mix where applicable. Correct as of January 2020.
  • Community Impact Bucks is an independent charity that supports people and groups to get involved and make a difference in Buckinghamshire communities. We offer expert advice and training, help people to find volunteering opportunities, and help charities and not for profit groups to get started, be effective and grow.
  • Community Impact Bucks’ directly delivered services focus on supporting those most in need – the elderly, vulnerable and socially isolated. We also work in the heart of the community to develop volunteer driven solutions and are the Rural Community Council for Buckinghamshire.
  • Further information on how to save energy, check tariffs and switch suppliers can be found here.
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