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Big Energy Saving Winter is back!

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Once again, we are working with Citizens Advice Scotland to help people save energy, cut their bills, and get the financial support they’re entitled to.

Heating bills are a bigger worry for many households this winter with the energy market crisis. If you’re concerned about the rising price of fuel, struggling to keep up with your heating costs or find it difficult to keep your home warm, we can help – read on for tips on how to save energy and money.

Energy saving tips

Switch off

Things like TVs and games consoles have a standby function that means they use some energy when they are not being used, or overnight. Switching them off at the switch or the wall when they’re not in use could save you around £40 a year.

Watch your water use

The cost of heating water makes up around 11% of your energy bills – around £140 per year on average. The less you waste, the less you pay. Try filling the kettle with what you need, rinse plates and wash veg in cold water instead of hot and use a washing up basin rather than leaving the hot tap running – it just takes 95 seconds to fill up a washing bowl.

Try a little DIY

Draught proof doors and windows and block up cracks in floors and skirting boards. Not only could you save around £30 per year, it helps make your home a more comfortable place to live.

If you don’t use your fireplace, insulating your chimney will make your home feel warmer. A chimney draught excluder could save you around £25 a year on your energy bills.

Insulate your pipes

Insulating exposed pipes is an easy DIY install – you can buy foam insulation tubes online or from a DIY store and slip them over your pipes. In a typical house, materials will cost around £20, and you’ll save around £5 a year on your energy bills plus it can help protect you from burst pipes from colder weather.

Energy saving advice

When it comes to keeping your home warm, we have more to offer than tips. We can refer you for grants and other funding as well as signpost you to our partners for extra help and support if you need it. We’re funded by the Scottish Government to give free, impartial advice and have helped thousands of Scottish households make their homes warmer and save money on their bills.

We provide tailored advice that’s specific to your home. If it’s time to top up your insulation or upgrade your heating system, we’ll help you work out what options would suit your home and lifestyle best, and what you could save as a result. We’ll also let you know what funding is available – you could be eligible for help worth up to £5,000 for improvements like heating and insulation, through the Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme. We also offer interest-free loans with cashback of up to 75% for energy saving home improvements.

Give us a call on 0808 808 2282 or leave your details here and we’ll be in touch.

You can also contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau for free, impartial advice on your energy issues, or search their advice online.

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