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Save energy and cut costs

AN EVENT which will give locals a chance to learn more about how they can cut down on their bills and become more energy efficient is taking place in Lerwick this weekend.

The local Citizens Advice Bureau team will be on hand to offer energy advice at its Market House headquarters between 9am and 1pm on Saturday 27 January.

Staff from Home Energy Scotland and Shetland Islands Council’s carbon reduction team will also attend to provide information.

CAB advisers will be able to offer benefit checks to allow people to find out if they are eligible for extra income and whether they could receive a discount from their energy supplier.

The organisation can also help people who are in debt to an energy company, while it can offer tips on how to become more energy efficient.

The event forms part of Citizen Advice Bureau Scotland’s national Big Energy Saving Week, which runs from 22 to 29 January.

Manager of the local CAB Karen Eunson said: “This is our second Big Energy Saving Week event and we hope that it will be just as popular as our first one.

“At this time of the year energy costs can be high and a cause of concern for many people. Many homes are not energy efficient and people don’t know how to access help. We can guide people to the help available and support them with the process.”

CAB energy adviser Janice Hawick added: “Our energy advice programme which is offered in venues across Shetland has helped many people achieve not only warmer homes through grants available, but has also helped them to increase their income to help with energy costs.

“If people can’t manage to come and see us we are happy to undertake a home visit. Just call the bureau on 01595 694696 and ask to speak to the energy adviser.”

More information can be found here.