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Energy saving advice

PEOPLE struggling with ever increasing energy bills are advised to call along the Market House offices of the Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) in Lerwick on Saturday morning between 10am and midday to take advantage of special energy saving event.

The CAB team has brought together staff from Home Energy Scotland, Shetland Islands Council energy unit, Hjaltland Housing Association, as well as local MSP Tavish Scott, to deliver the best advice possible.

Shetland CAB service manager Karen Eunson.

CAB advisors will be on hand to offer benefit checks for people to find out if they are receiving all the income they are entitled to.

Advisors can check whether energy customers are eligible for a discount from their supplier, for example if they are claiming certain benefits.

They will also be able to help people check their current tariff and compare it with other suppliers.

CAB office manager Karen Eunson said the event was part of the Big Energy Saving Week which, runs until 7 November.

“We would like to invite as many people as possible to come along and find out more about the help that is available with energy costs,” she said.

People attending the event will be able to learn energy saving tips and find out about ways to make their home more energy efficient.

Information will also be available about grants which can be available for folk who meet the criteria.

Supporting the event, Tavish Scott added: “Recent government statistics indicate that 50 per cent of people living in rural areas of Scotland are living in fuel poverty.

“I encourage Shetlanders to attend this excellent event, which will feature representatives from a broad selection of agencies, in order to see how they can best cut their energy costs.”