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Moray residents offered advice on slashing energy bills

By Staff Reporter

ADVICE on how to slash spending on energy bills is being offered up to people living in Moray.

Moray Citizens Advice Bureau has teamed up with Rural Environmental Action Project (REAP) for Big Energy Savings Week, which gets underway today.

Big Energy Saving Week gets underway today.
Big Energy Saving Week gets underway today.

This year, the campaign is targeting four key groups of people: those who use electric heating; those in debt to fuel suppliers; people with homes which are hard to heat; and those who are digitally excluded and, for example, cannot access online-only deals.

Sessions to help local people are taking place this week, getting underway tomorrow at the Moray CAB office on Moss Street in Elgin, running from 1-3.30pm.

On Wednesday, there will be a session running from 9.30am-noon at the REAP office, which is at 177 Mid Street, in Keith.

The final session will again be at the Elgin office on Thursday, running from 9.30am-noon.

Moray CAB manager Mary Riley said: "Many people aren’t sure where to start when it comes to reducing the amount they are spending to heat their homes.

"Our advisors can give you free, confidential and impartial advice which could help you access specialist services to help you reduce your bills or make your home more energy-efficient.

"So if you feel left out in the cold with your energy bills or supplier come to us and we’ll be able to help."

In 2018-19, Citizens Advice Bureaux and the Extra Help Unit delivered £1.3 million in savings to people who came to the network with energy-related issues and an average saving of £232 per case.

Big Energy Savings Week is a national campaign funded by the UK and Scottish governments and in Scotland is led by Citizens Advice Scotland in partnership with Home Energy Scotland.

The campaign aims to help people save money on their energy bills by getting expert advice through their local Citizens Advice Bureau and more information is available at www.cas.org.uk/BESW2020

Free, impartial advice is also available through Home Energy Scotland’s network of local advice centres who can be contacted on 0808 808 2282.

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