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Big Energy Saving Week a joint campaign between Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Citizens Advice reveals 74 per cent of Brits are still worried about their energy bills.

The campaign, supported by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), helps householders learn how to take control of their energy bills with free advice available during the week over the phone, online and at events across the UK.

However, many of these respondents turn out to be using their heating controls incorrectly. Of those who thought they understood how to operate their heating controls:

Big Energy Saving Week (20-24 October) is funded by DECC in collaboration with Energy Saving Trust and Citizens Advice Bureau. Other partners supporting the campaign include Global Action Plan, Age UK and ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). The week will help householders to take practical steps to cut to their bills by checking they are on the best deal, switching tariff or supplier and taking up energy saving actions such as using their heating controls in the correct way.

Big Energy Saving Week is part of a wider DECC initiative known as the Big Energy Saving Network a 1 million programme to support eligible third sector organisations and community groups and deliver help and advice to vulnerable consumers.

Any people needing help and advice on any of the issues raised in this release should call the Energy Saving Advice Service (England and Wales) on 0300 123 1234 or Home Energy Scotland (Scotland) on 0808 808 2282. Householders in Northern Ireland may be able to benefit from the Warm Homes scheme call 0800 988 0559 for further details.

For further advice about saving energy in the home visit

  • www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
  • For further information on Energy Saving Week visit:

  • www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk
  • If you would like more information or advice on energy initiatives please contact TVRCC

    Definition of Fuel Poverty

    In August 2013 a new fuel poverty definition was launched. A household is said to be in fuel poverty if their fuel costs are above the average and were they to spend that amount they would be left with a residual income that is below the poverty line.

    The age and nature of rural houses has implications for the cost of heating a home. Virtually all houses built before 1919 are solid walled, while nearly all built after 1945 are cavity walled and are therefore generally better insulated. Rural houses are more likely to be detached and larger than urban houses but living in a larger detached house in a rural area does not necessarily imply a higher income.

    While over 60% of homes in urban areas and rural towns are cavity walled and on mains gas, this is true of only 32% in villages and 21% in hamlets. In villages and hamlets oil is a major source of heating fuel, and electricity for heating is more common in villages than any other area type.

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