Citizens Advice begin intensive fuel help week

Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service are undertaking an intensive campaign this week to explain how local people can save cash on fuel bills.

As part of a national campaign, the service is hoping to enlighten residents on ways to ensure they get the most out of their money.

D&G CAS Chief Executive, Sue Irving, said: “Last year at our offices in Dumfries and Galloway we saw far too many cases of local people who were unable to pay their fuel bills. Many were getting into debt while others actually had to choose between heating and eating. That’s appalling in this day and age. We’re talking about pensioners and families with young children.

“The good news is that there are some very good schemes around to help people save money on fuel, and we have been able to help many of the people who come to us. The bad news is that other people don’t know about these schemes, or find them too complicated so they don’t access them. Our campaign this week is all about making people aware how simple it really is to save money on your fuel bills.

“There are three basic things anyone can do: Check, Switch and Insulate. All of these can save you money. How much you save will depend on your circumstances, but it could be hundreds of pounds. The advice is simple, easy to follow and completely free.

“You can get this information in various ways. You can come and see us in person at the CAB, or phone our national helpline 0808 808 2282, or go to the campaign website

“There’s no catch here. The CAB service is on your side - we wouldn’t be getting involved in this if we weren’t sure these schemes were solid and worthwhile. The bottom line is that this free advice can save you money. If you ignore it, it really is like throwing money away.”

This is the third year of the CAB services’ Big Energy Saving Week campaign. Research into the previous years’ campaigns has found that by following the advice, people can save hundreds of pounds over the course of a year.

For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Sue Irving, Chief Executive, on 0300 303 4321 or 07979 578854.