Monday October 31st 2016
The Cornish Pirates are backing a campaign launched by Citizens Advice Cornwall to help people in rural areas save money on their energy bills this winter.
The initiative includes advice and information on saving energy, how to switch energy suppliers, buying fuel and setting-up or joining oil clubs.
“Rural communities often suffer disproportionally from lack of choice and access to services. Said: Neil Colquhoun, Citizens Advice Cornwall chief executive.
“Recent research by Citizens Advice has found the top areas with the coldest and unhealthiest homes are all in rural areas, such as Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
“Fuel poverty is also a major concern with around one-in-seven rural households struggling to pay to heat their homes.
“Our new campaign is aimed at highlighting these issues and showing the practical steps householders can take to avoid unnecessarily big fuel bills this winter.”
Cornish Pirates, General Manager Tom Magill said: “We are delighted to be supporting this campaign; we know many of our supporters can sometimes find it hard keeping up with fuel costs in winter.
We also encourage everyone to have a look at the new Citizens Advice booklet for money saving tips, copies of which are available from our clubhouse ticket office.”
As part of Citizen Advice Cornwall’s Rural Energy Campaign, the charity has published a booklet giving helpful advice and information about how to get the best deal from suppliers and getting all the benefits and help you are entitled to, such as the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment for pensioners, the Cold Weather Payment and the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
Citizens Advice Cornwall Top Tips for Saving Energy:
1 – If you have a timer on your central heating system, set the heating and hot water to come on only when required. For example, 30 minutes before you get up in the morning and set it to switch off 30 minutes before you’re due to leave.
2 – If you have a hot water tank, set the cylinder thermostat to 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees F). Cylinder thermostats are usually fitted between a quarter and a third of the way up the hot water cylinder.
3 – Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
4 – Always turn-off the light when you leave a room.
5 – Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
6 – When you are doing the washing, try to fill-up the machine, tumble drier or dishwasher. One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
7 – Try and ensure you only boil as much water as you need.
8 – A dripping hot water tap can waster enough energy in a single week to fill half a bath. Fix leaking taps and make sure they are fully turned-off.
9 – Dry your clothes outside when possible so you don’t need to use your tumble drier.
10 – Do a home energy check to find out about savings of up to £250 a year on household energy bills. Check online on the Energy Savings Trust website at http://hec.est.org.uk
For online advice and information about Citizen Advice national campaigns, please visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk
For Citizens Advice Cornwall information and office opening hours visit www.citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk