Free sessions could save £££s on energy bills

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under About us - the environment, 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.

The Gateshead Housing Company is offering tenants and leaseholders the chance to save money on their energy bills at a series of ‘Energy Best Deal’ roadshows.

pound coins towerPrevious drop-in sessions have proved hugely popular with residents seeing potential savings of up to £140 from their annual energy bills by following simple, money-saving advice.

At the sessions, which the housing company is organising at venues around the borough based on local demand, tenants and leaseholders will be able to:

  • Ensure they are receiving the best energy deal for their circumstances
  • Find out more about government energy efficiency schemes
  • Make energy efficiency savings around their home.

Neil Bouch, Director of Customers and Communities at The Gateshead Housing Company is encouraging people to attend the free sessions and start saving.

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.

“Through Energy Best Deal 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.”

Residents wanting to book a free place on one of the sessions should call 0191 433 5357 or email

Energy Best Deal is run by Citizens Advice and Ofgem, and is funded by energy suppliers to provide help to reduce the energy bills of the poorest households across the country.

Energy Best Deal top 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.