If you think your energy bills are scary, this Halloween could be the time not to miss a trick and treat yourself to savings.

The national Big Energy Saving Week gets underway on Monday 31 October in a bid to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.  Over the week you can find out how to switch energy supplier or how to get a better tariff from your current supplier and ideas to make your home more energy efficient.   Many people could save hundreds of pounds a year on their energy bills by switching supplier and making small changes as to how they use energy in the home.

People hoping to switch energy supplier could consider Robin Hood Energy, the not-for-profit energy supplier set up last year by the City Council to offer affordable energy and fight fuel poverty across the region.

During Big Energy Savings Week, Nottingham City Homes will be running the following three events in partnership with the City Council to advise people on how to reduce their energy bills:

  • Monday 31 October – Clifton Cornerstone foyer 10am to 12pm
  • Wednesday 2 November – Bulwell Riverside foyer 10am to 12pm
  • Friday 4 November – St Ann’s Valley Centre foyer 10am to 12pm.

Nottingham City Homes’ energy specialists will be on hand to answer questions and to help people think about how they could save money in their home.  High energy bills are a big concern for households and as winter approaches it’s the perfect time to make sure you and your bills are prepared for what the weather brings us.

This is the sixth Big Energy Saving Week and is a partnership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.

City Council Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, Councillor Alan Clark, said: “This is a fantastic national initiative and we want to support people at a local level and help them to be more energy efficient.   We have an on-going programme of energy saving investments in social housing such as external wall insulation programmes which have also been open to private owners and the installation of solar panels on over 4,000 of council house roof tops.  But there are also many ways that people can help themselves, spending a minute less in the shower and turning off standby buttons – it can all help reduce household bills.  It’s also important that people understand what benefits they are entitled to and how to claim them.”

Jade Kirk, Customer Service Manager at Robin Hood Energy, said: “Robin Hood Energy has been working hard in 2016 to bring Power to the People of Nottingham. These events are a fantastic chance to meet residents and find out not only if we can help them save but talk to them about what challenges them most around energy saving.”

Find out more about the week https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/campaigns/current_campaigns/big-energy-saving-week/

Throughout the week there will be a steady stream of practical tips on Twitter and Facebook to help you cut your energy bills. All you need to do is follow the hashtag #BESW16.

You can also follow Nottingham’s Energy City twitter feed @nttmenergycity