Give yourself a Christmas or New Year present by saving up to £200 a year on your energy bills. The Big Energy Saving Network and Winchester City Council are supporting Winchester District residents to save energy, save money and stay warm this winter.

Photo of Andy Smale“It’s worth investing an hour or two of your time to save so much”, said Andy Smale of local independent adviser Expert Energy, one of the Big Energy Saving Champions.

Andy suggests using Uswitch.com or the Which website switch.which.co.uk to compare and switch energy tariffs in three simple steps. “You’ll need your gas and electricity bills to see what you are paying, and the site tells you if you might save money by switching tariff or energy company”, he said.

Citizens Advice Winchester District is also helping, so they tested the ‘cheap energy club’ tool on moneysavingexpert.com  to make sure it would be useful.  “I thought I may as well try it out for myself and see what it would mean for my home. I stand to save £189 per year and it only took me 9 minutes!” reported Natalie Webb . “It was so quick and easy, I would encourage everyone to follow my example and find out what you can save”.

“You can also save money and still be nice and cosy for Christmas if you keep the warm air in and the draughts out”, said Chris Holloway, director of Winchester Action on Climate Change.  “It costs nothing to put a cardboard over the inside of the letterbox, stuff old tights to stop draughts blowing under your door, draw your curtains as soon as the sun goes down, and switch the heating down half an hour before you go out or go to bed”. 

Anyone can contact Andy for helping to switch to cheaper energy or making their home warmer. Ring 01962 217844, text 07731 960320 or email home.energy@winacc.org.uk. Home-owners and private tenants can also get advice from Hitting the Cold Spots on 0800 804 8601 or email staywarm@environmentcentre.com.

Notes to Editors:

1. More information from Andy Smale on 01962 217844 andy.smale@winacc.org.uk or Chris Holloway from WinACC on 07779 283451.

2. Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC)'s Home Energy work is funded by Winchester City Council and the Big Energy Saving Network, a national £1 million programme from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to support eligible third sector organisations and community groups, deliver help and advice to vulnerable consumers.

3.WinACC works to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester district.  Its members include local residents, businesses and local government, working together to create a better future.  

4. WinACC runs regular meetings throughout the year to get the Winchester community engaged in climate change and lowering carbon emissions.

5.       Winchester Action on Climate Change Ltd is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales with company registration no. 08013043. Our registered office is University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. We are also a registered charity in England and Wales with charity no 1150754.