Energy Advisor saves customers £££s

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Help in your home, Help in your home - gas and electricity suppliers, Help in your home - MONEY matters, Help in your home - rent and benefits, News.

Margaret_Douglas_Energy_Best_Deal_Prizewinner_Feb_2016_008The Gateshead Housing Company’s dedicated Energy Advisor is helping tenants and leaseholders to save money on their energy bills.

Our Energy Advisor service has so far saved housing company tenants an average of £266 per year on their energy bills.

Rent and Income Manager Jonathan Graham said: “We are able to help customers in several ways, from helping them save money by switching energy provider, to offering energy efficiency advice and practical tips.

“The service is free, so it’s well worth finding out if we can help you.”

Neil Bouch, Director of Customers and Communities at The Gateshead Housing Company, is encouraging people to get in touch and see how much they could save.

He said: “People are, as ever, worried about how they will pay their energy bills this winter.

“Some people face an unnecessary struggle because they are paying over the odds to heat their home or put the lights on.

“We are helping people seek out the cheapest deal; get to grips with the different tariffs and payment methods and explain what they can do if they’re in debt with their fuel company.

“We’re also helping people use less energy and explaining how they can make their home even more energy efficient.”

Customers can email Energy Advisor Mark Ralph or call 0191 433 5800 to find out how much they could save.

Energy Best Deal, run by Citizens Advice and Ofgem, suggests ten tips to save money on energy bills:

  1. Speak to your energy company to see if you can get a cheaper deal, or switch supplier. You could save up to £200 by switching supplier, and maybe even more if you have never switched before.
  2. Do a home energy check to find out about savings of up to £250 a year on household energy bills. Visit the Energy Savings Trust home energy check.
  3. You might be able to save up to £100 if you pay your bill by Direct Debit.
  4. When making a brew only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need.
  5. Save energy by making sure your washing machine is full when you use it and by washing your clothes at 30 degrees.
  6. Turning down the thermostat in your home by 1oc could cut heating bills by 10%
  7. Make your home less draughty by sealing gaps in your windows and doors, and fit a draught flap on your letterbox.
  8. Energy saving light bulbs last up to ten times longer and can save round £45 over the lifetime of the bulb.
  9. Fix taps and make sure they are fully turned off – a dripping hot water tap can waste enough energy in a single week to fill half a bath.
  10. Save money by switching lights off when you leave a room.  If you turn a light off for even a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes the light to start up again, no matter what sort of lights you have. Turn appliances off standby and unplug mobile phones when they have finished charging.

More information on saving energy in your home is available from the Energy Saving Trust.

Photo: Tenant Margaret Douglas, a winner of one of our Energy Best Deal giveaways.