Angus Citizens Advice Bureau (SCIO) now has two new projects which provide energy advice to Angus residents.
The Warm & Well Angus Project is funded by Health & Social Care Integration to offer a home visiting service to older and/or disabled adults who are unable to leave their homes and are worried by their energy bills, scams or housing problems. The service aims to assist people to remain in their own homes and improve their overall health through providing a general advice service with emphasis on energy matters, scams and benefit checks (income maximisation). Fully trained volunteers will visit elderly/disabled clients at home and will be assisted by our specialist fuel poverty worker and our volunteer development officer.
The Local Energy Advice Project (LEAP) is funded by Citizens Advice Scotland and offers an energy advice service to consumers throughout Angus. The energy adviser will help client’s resolve energy issues with suppliers, with a big emphasis on switching gas and energy suppliers to try and help client’s make savings on their energy costs. Energy Clinics will be carried out in Arbroath, Montrose & Forfar CABs and can be arranged by appointment.
Understanding your energy bills
Below is a short video produced by Home Energy Scotland which provides a helpful guide in understanding your energy bills.
- You can save around £30 a year just be remembering to turn off your appliances off standby mode
- More than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves and using these controls efficiently could save you between £75 and £155 a year. If you already have a full set of controls, turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save between £80 and £85 a year
- Unless your home is very new, you will lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimneyProfessional draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £200, but can save up to £25 to £35 a year on energy bills. DIY draught proofing can be much cheaper. Installing a chimney draught excluder could save between £20 and £25 a year as well
- You can save nearly £50 a year just by using your kitchen appliances more carefully:- Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and save £30 a year in energy bills.
– Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need and save around £7 a year.
– Cutback your washing machine use by just one cycle per week and save £5 a year on energy, and a further £7 a year on metered water bills
- Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. This will save you around £13 on your annual energy bills
- You can now get LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs (‘compact fluorescent lamps’ or CFLs). They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings.If the average household replaced all of their remaining old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs, and all of their halogens with LEDs, it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills