Help to reduce your fuel bills

by | Feb 24, 2021

Struggling with high fuel bills? Stuck in a cycle of energy debt? Struggling to heat your home? Not sure how to switch supplier?

Devon Communities Together is offering free one-to-one personalised advice as part of the Big Energy Saving Network (until the end of March 2021). Each year we engage with people all over Devon to help reduce fuel poverty in Devon and this winter this advice looks set to be more important than ever.

The Coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly have had huge implications for Devon’s already high rate of fuel poverty. Although we are starting to emerge from the colder months, we still have more people working from home, self-isolating and generally needing to stay inside more – so homes will continue to need more heating at a time when household budgets are very stretched.

We’d encourage anybody who would like to save energy and money over the coming months to book an appointment with our Energy Champions. All the advice is completely free, and in the past we’ve been able to help people save hundreds of pounds, support people to clear energy debt and even signpost people to support with related issues such as housing. We hope that the advice you get will stand you in good stead for next winter as well, so it’s definitely worth getting in touch if you find yourself struggling with expensive energy bills or regular energy debt.

Appointments can be booked by calling 01392 248919 or emailing info@devoncommunities.org.uk. For more information on the Big Energy Saving Network project, visit: https://www.devoncommunities.org.uk/projects/big-energy-saving-network

FREE ONLINE VIDEO: Having hosted several online events over the past few months, with advice and tips about reducing energy bills, Devon Communities Together has made the presentation given at those events available to view for free online. To access the video, please fill in the form here: https://www.devoncommunities.org.uk/projects/big-energy-saving-network and you will be emailed the link to YouTube!

Cheaper heating oil

Taking into account the fact that around 50% of homes in rural Devon are “off-gas”, Devon Communities Together is also supporting those households that rely on heating oil to reduce their bills. We run the Devon Oil Collective, which allows members to take advantage of group-buying discounts without having to shop around. Through our partner AF Affinity, Devon Oil Collective negotiates discounted rates on heating oil for members, meaning that homes from Widecombe to Woolacombe all pay the same reduced price for their heating oil and have just one point of contact to deal with.

There is no fixed membership fee to join Devon Oil Collective. Instead, there is a small charge of 1p per litre of oil ordered, which helps fund the work that Devon Communities Together does throughout the county, including helping to reduce fuel poverty.

To join Devon Oil Collective, visit www.devoncommunities.org.uk/services/devon-oil-collective, call 01392 248919 or email info@devoncommunities.org.uk.

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