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Cut those household bills on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Bust those bills – that’s the message at a special event this week aimed at cutting household bills.

The Middlesbrough Environment City Bill Busting session at the Central Library on Friday, February 15 will help residents save money on energy costs.

The National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day event will show people how easy it is to compare across the market to ensure they’re not over-paying.

As well as money-saving advice MEC will also be helping people stay warm and healthy during the winter months.

Representatives from the Community Bank will also be in attendance to talk about their new service and offer advice and support.

Affordable Warmth Officer Amanda Megson said: “It has just been announced that the price cap for some customers will increase from April 1 this year which means a worrying time for some people who may be concerned about the rising costs of keeping warm.

“So now is a perfect time to get to grip with those bills. We are here to give free and independent advice to get people a better deal.

“There is no obligation to switch but it is important to look and see what is out there.

“Even if you are happy with your energy company come along as there is something we can do for everyone even if it is just a super-efficient LED light bulb!”

Edward Kunonga, Director of Public Health for South Tees, stressed the importance of being able to afford to keep warm at home: “Middlesbrough is one of the most fuel-poor areas of England with over 17% of its residents estimated to be in fuel poverty.

“Events like this are an important asset to our community, helping people reduce energy bills and stay warm and safe at home.

“Living in a cold home can have negative impact on health and wellbeing which in turn can have a big impact on our NHS services, so taking part in events like this can be a useful investment in your own health and wellbeing as well as saving you some money.”

MEC advisers will help signpost people to the help they are entitled to, including applications for the Warm Homes Discount, and the Priority Services Register which can provide additional support to a wide range of people.

They can also check eligibility for boiler repair/replacement and insulation grants as well as make onward referrals for benefit checks and wider debt advice.

You can drop in to Central Library on Friday, February 15 between 9.30am and 3pm for advice - or to guarantee a one-to-one session with a trained adviser, book a slot in advance on freephone 0800 304 7084.

Don’t forget to bring along a recent energy bill along with you to allow us to check to see if you could save money.