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Free energy bill advice sessions

Paying too much for gas and electricity?

If utility bills are adding to the burden of Christmas, then a local charity may have just the thing to help get the new year off on a sound financial footing.

It’s one new year’s resolution that might mean there’s a little more money to spend on the important things when it comes to next Christmas.

Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC) is laying on two more of its popular advice sessions to help people switch to a better energy deal.

Residents dropping in to Middlesbrough Cycle Centre on Friday, January 13 and Friday, January 20 will be able to compare their current energy deal with the rest of the market and get help to switch to a cheaper deal.

The sessions will also include tips on staying warm and cosy during the winter months.

Success stories include one resident who attended a session last year looking for advice on energy switching – MEC’s expert advisers checked the market and helped him switch to a new deal saving him £320.

The resident was also registered on the Priority Services Register, meaning he will receive extra help and support with his energy supply, such as priority reconnection in the event of an interruption in power.

MEC Affordable Warmth Officer Amanda Martin said: “The cold winter months are still with us and there has never been a better time to shop around for a cheaper energy deal.

“You might save a little or you might save a lot but doing a comparison with us is an easy way to find out.” 

•    MEC’s energy advice sessions take place at the Cycle Centre in Middlesbrough Bus Station on Friday, January 13 and Friday, January 20 January from 9.30am until 3pm.

Those seeking advice are asked to bring along current energy bills or other relevant information to assist with comparisons. Appointments vary in length but can take up to an hour.

To register and book an appointment, call MEC on 01642 579820