As the Big Energy Saving Week heads to Barnsley next week, Barnsley Council is delighted to hear they’ve been successful in receiving support from fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA) to run a campaign offering residents advice and support in how to stay warm, safe and well throughout the winter.
The Warm Safe Homes Campaign aims to highlight the support on offer in Barnsley to help residents keep their homes warmer, more energy efficient and to save money on their energy bills. As part of the campaign, the council’s Housing and Energy team will be touring Barnsley to talk to residents, offer advice and information on the support available. Residents will be welcomed by the team at the following venues and are encouraged keep an eye out on their Facebook Page for further events that may be added to the roadshow:
- Thursday 31 January, 10am to 3pm at Mapplewell Village Hall, Darton Lane, Mapplewell, Barnsley, S75 6AL - Warm Connections service launch event in partnership with DIAL
- Monday 4 February, 10am to 12noon at B:Friend social club, Rainbow Centre, Houghton Road, Thurnscoe, S63 0JY
- Wednesday 6 February, 10am to 12noon, B:Friend social club, St Andrews Community Centre, St Andrews Square, Bolton upon Dearne, S63 8BA
- Thursday 8 February, 10.30am to 12.30pm at Wombwell Library, Station Road, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0BA - Wombwell Winter Health event
- Friday 15 February, 9.30am to 12.30pm on the ground floor of Barnsley Market near the escalators - Forces for Warmth event for current and former army personnel and families of the armed forces in Barnsley
Coinciding with the Warm Safe Homes Campaign is Big Energy Saving Week – a national campaign which runs from Monday 21 January to Sunday 28 January. This is the seventh year the campaign has been run by Citizens Advice to encourage residents to “check, switch and save” on their energy bills. This includes helping residents to save money by switching energy supplier or tariff, accessing discounts or grants, and making homes more energy efficient.
Barnsley Council is supporting the national campaign locally by sharing hints and tips on social media and urging residents to review their current energy supplier and tariff. Many residents fall into the trap of staying with their existing supplier, so the council is encouraging residents to start the new year as savvy switchers and check out the Barnsley Energy Tariff.
The council launched the tariff last November in partnership with not-for-profit energy provider Great North Energy to offer Barnsley residents their very own local energy supply offer. Over 200 homes are already benefitting from the tariff which offers consistently competitive and transparent prices and deals - combined with great customer service.
Councillor Roy Miller, Cabinet spokesperson for Place, said: “This is the fourth consecutive year that we’ve successfully received support of the NEA to help our residents keep warm and well over the winter months. It’s a great opportunity for us to offer our residents the advice they need to save money on their energy bills, access the best energy deals and take action to make their homes warmer.
“It’s also a great opportunity to start thinking about all the small things we can do on a day to day basis to reduce the amount of energy we use – whether that be switching off lights or insulating our homes properly. There are so many things we can do and getting the whole family involved is a great motivator. Combined with the support we can provide, we hope to see our residents living in warm, energy efficient homes.”
For lots of advice and top tips on how to become more energy efficient, please visit: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
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