Big Energy Saving Week

Big Energy Saving Week

Here is an article published by the Energy Saving Trust, we also offer assistance in this area and you can see us out and about in Ealing, feel free to come and have a chat. Next event will be at morrisons Ealing on the 2nd of February.

Guide on available financial support
© Energy Saving Trust
There is a variety of financial support available that can help make you more energy efficient,
and save money on your energy bills.
Warm Home Discount
If you claim the Guarantee credit element of Pension Credit or are on a low income you may
be eligible to receive £140 off your electricity bill between September and March. For those
claiming Pension Credit, if you have not yet had confirmation of the discount you should
contact the Warm Home Discount team on 0345 603 9439. If you are on a low income you
should contact your energy supplier to find out if they are part of the scheme and if you may
qualify. You should call them as soon as possible, as this winter’s schemes will start to close
soon.
Citizens Advice
If you are struggling to afford your energy bills, visit the Citizens Advice website for debt
advice or call the helpline: 03454 04 05 06.
Financial Support for Energy Saving Measures
• If you live in England
Financial support is available through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). This is an obligation on certain energy suppliers to assist customers in improving the insulation of their home and, in some cases, the heating. If someone in the property claims a means-tested they
should contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 to find out what may be
available.
There are also a large number of local authority schemes which can give financial support
towards energy saving measures in certain circumstances. You can contact your local council or
the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 to find out more.

January Blues, here are some tips to help out

Quick saving tips for January

 

Saving money is like flossing. We all know we should be doing it, but it’s just as easy not to. And, like flossing, it has serious benefits, both long and short term. Think of good breath as your short-term savings fund, and the long-term benefits of life-long dental care as a future house and healthy pension plan.

Here are some quick tips on how to cut spending this January:

• Cash limit – Work out your weekly spending needs and take the cash out, leaving those credit and debit card s at home when you go shopping.

• Plan meals in advance – Make a weekly meal planner and stick to it. Only buy ingredients that you will use and if possible buy either a cheaper brand or make use of those deals.

• Use a basket not a trolley – having to carry your shopping will prevent you buying those unnecessary items, believe me I’ve tried.

• Use the car less – Fuel costs can be a big expense, sp why not plan to walk more this January. It will help to burn those Christmas calories too.

• Start a savings jar – i find popping some spare coins from my pocket into a jar every day really helps to motivate me. You get a great feeling watching the jar fill up. It is always exciting and amazing to see just how much you have saved every month too. (Tip, to stop you dipping into the jar make a tape lid with a hole in it for the money to go into but much harder to take out.