Housing company tenant saves and wins

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.

A tenant of The Gateshead Housing Company has been a winner in more ways than one, saving money on her annual fuel bills and scooping a £50 energy hamper in the process.

Margaret_Douglas_Energy_Best_Deal_Prizewinner_Feb_2016_006Margaret Douglas, who lives in Winlaton, popped into an Energy Best Deal drop-in session hosted by The Gateshead Housing Company, and won goodies including an energy-efficient kettle and solar-powered lights.

And even better, advisors at the drop-in helped Mrs Douglas to switch energy supplier and save more than £380 a year.

Throughout January and February, The Gateshead Housing Company held a series of ‘Energy Best Deal’ roadshows, offering tenants and leaseholders the chance to save money on their energy bills.

The drop-in sessions have been hugely popular, providing simple – and free – money-saving advice.

And one lucky participant at each session has won an energy hamper, worth £50, to help them be even more efficient with their energy use.

Mrs Douglas, who attended the drop-in at Winlaton Community Centre on 8 February, said: “I’m so pleased I decided to go to the drop-in session. The free advice offered by Lee and Helen was really useful – and best of all, by simply switching supplier, I’m going to save £383 this year”.

At an Energy Best Deal session, tenants and leaseholders can:

  • 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.

The housing company will be running more Energy Best Deal drop-ins in the future. To find out more call 0191 433 5357 or email involve@gatesheadhousing.co.uk

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.

Photo: Lee Dalgleish and Helen Watson from the housing company with Mrs Douglas and her prize hamper.