Residents in Powys can get help to cut their gas and electric bills by an average of £200.
Citizens Advice Powys is running Energy Best Deal sessions which help people understand how to compare energy prices, negotiate with providers and cut down how much energy they use.
Last year over 9,000 people from across the UK attended an Energy Best Deal session.
People who took steps to cut their bills following the advice they received in the sessions expected to save an average of £200, with one person looking to save as much as £1,040.
Energy Best Deal is a project run by Citizens Advice and Ofgem and funded by energy companies. This year Energy Best Deal has secured a £200,000 increase in funding, raising the total to £1.4 million.
People attending group sessions who find they need further help can ask for one-on-one sessions under Energy Best Deal Extra.
One to one appointments are offered as Home Visits or Appointments in locations across Powys. Telephone 01686 617667 to arrange an appointment.
Elen, Energy Efficiency Adviser at Citizens Advice Powys said:
“Energy Best Deal can help people keep their homes warm and their bills affordable this winter.
“Advisers are on hand across Powys to help people cut their gas and electricity costs by comparing prices and negotiating with their suppliers.”
Dermot Nolan, Ofgem CEO said:
“Ofgem is committed to supporting consumers in managing their energy bills.
“We are pleased to be working directly with Citizens Advice on Energy Best Deal. They have excellent advisers all over GB who provide energy customers with face to face advice and practical support to help with switching, managing bills and accessing social support.
“Consumers should also remember they have a choice. Those unhappy with their energy company can vote with their feet and shop around for a better deal – savings of around £300 can be made by switching from a standard tariff to the cheapest fixed tariff.”
As well as helping people with their bills, last year Energy Best Deal trained over 4,900 frontline staff working with people at risk of fuel poverty. Citizens Advice estimate that each frontline worker will use the information they have learned to help an average of 15 people over the year.
Residents looking to reduce their fuel bills should contact Citizens Advice Powys on 01686 617667 to find out if they can benefit from Energy Best Deal.
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