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Thursday 30 January 2014

Winter Wellbeing – free advice on energy bill costs


Cheshire East Council and its partners are offering a range of advice and support to residents on how to keep warm, well and safe this winter.

This week, we look at how residents can cut down on their energy costs.

Everybody knows that energy prices are on the rise – and it can seem like a minefield finding the cheapest or best option.

However, there is help at hand. An advice line is now available to residents in Cheshire East, offering help to reduce energy bills and keep warm this winter.

The Save Energy Advice Line is provided by the Energy Project Plus charity and will provide free, expert and impartial advice to householders.

Advice includes:

· Ways to use energy more efficiently in the home;

· Switching energy tariffs;

· Grants to help with the cost of installing energy-saving measures, such as insulation or a new boiler; and

· Support with investigating if there are any payments householders may be entitled to, which help towards paying energy bills and help with fuel debt.

With the ‘big six’ energy companies announcing price rises that will add £100 to the average bill, it is more important than ever to look at ways to bring the cost of energy down.

Peter Owen, chief executive at Energy Projects Plus, said: “Small actions can add up to big savings. Householders shouldn’t feel as though they are stuck with higher bills. There are lots of things people can do to bring costs down –  and we’re here to help.”

Councillor Janet Clowes, Winter Wellbeing spokeswoman, said: “I am delighted this service is on offer to residents. Rising fuel bills are a concern for many this winter, so I would encourage residents to contact the Save Energy Advice Line, to find out what help and advice is available and see how much they can save.”

Energy advisors are on hand from Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm). For free, impartial and expert advice on reducing your energy bills and keeping warm this winter call the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151.

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