Selly Oak MP backs Big Energy Saving Week campaign

A campaign calling for people to help their elderly friends and relatives save money on their energy bills has been backed by Steve McCabe MP.

Big Energy Saving Week calls on people to swot up on switching energy supplier and, where possible, help an older relative or neighbour find a better deal. As people prepare for winter one of the things many can do is switch to a better gas and electricity deal. The findings from an Ipsos MORI survey of 2,710 UK participants shows millions of householders across the UK don’t realise how much they could save from switching energy supplier or tariff.

Almost half (45 per cent) of people don’t think they could save anything by switching and of the other half, the vast majority (75 per cent) believe it could only save £100 or less. 

Big Energy Saving Week is a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to. The campaign provides advice to people over the telephone through the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234, or face-to-face at hundreds of events being held across Britain.

The campaign this year urges householders to help those elderly people who need support to winter-proof their energy bills. Just over 40 per cent of people with an elderly friend or relative said they were unsure on how to help an elderly person switch, and almost two thirds (65 per cent) of these people believe their elderly friend or relative cannot switch because they don’t know how to use the internet.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“I’m backing the Big Energy Saving Week campaign because far too often vulnerable people, especially the elderly are paying more than they can afford on their energy bills. It’s important that we do our best to support the most vulnerable in our community to switch and get the best energy deal they can with winter approaching.”

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