Labour MSP Anne McTaggart is encouraging people to approach their local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to help them cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.
Her call comes during CABs Big Energy Savings Week which runs between 27th and 31st January. The campaign encourages energy consumers to ‘check – switch – insulate’ to save themselves money, and to approach their local CAB for help in doing so.
Household energy bills have more than doubled in the last nine years and a third of Scots struggle to afford their electricity and gas bills. Moreover, calls to the Citizens Advice consumer service doubled in the period immediately following supplier price increase announcements this winter.Many people stay on the same tariff or with the same energy supplier for years, without realising they could be getting a better deal elsewhere. They could be saving up to £200 a year, particularly if they have never switched before. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average home in the UK wasted £280 last year, simply by not being energy efficient.
Ms McTaggart said “Big Energy Savings Week is an excellent opportunity for people to get some much needed help and advice with their energy bills and finances. Energy is a huge issue for people up and down the country and I find it shocking and unacceptable that an estimated 27% of the Scottish population are affected by fuel poverty. That is why campaigns such as this are so important in making sure that people get all the help they are entitled to and I would like to applaud CAB for the relentless work they do in this area.”
Visit the Big Energy Savings Week website here – www.cas.org.uk/bigenergysavingweek