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Climate / Help is at hand to cut your energy bills

AS PART of Big Energy Saving Week, the local Citizens Advice Bureau is hosting two community events next week to help people save money on their energy bills.

Ertie the Trow with an energy monitor loaned from SICAB.

The first is a drop-in advice clinic at Sandwick’s Carnegie Hall on Tuesday 21 January (4pm-7pm) where advisers from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Home Energy Scotland will offer one-to-one advice on cutting energy use and bills.

Then on Saturday 25 January an energy saving community café will be held in the Sound Hall (10am-1pm) when advisers from CAB, the council’s carbon management team, Home Energy Scotland, as well as from family project Anchor, will be available to offer advice.

Free soup and teas will be available for those who come along, while Bookbug and the play van will keep the little ones busy to allow parents sufficient time to speak to advisors.

Citizens Advice Bureau‘s community engagement office Isa Kristiansen-Bragg said: “So many of us are seeing energy bills creeping up, but we are here to help you navigate the support available in Shetland.”

Bureau manager Karen Eunson added: “Last year we advised local people on more than 500 issues related to their energy bills and that’s why Big Energy Saving Week is so important.

“Too many people in Shetland are living in fuel poverty and with most of us finding the energy market confusing, we continue to pay over the odds for our energy.

“Our trained advisors can give free, confidential and impartial advice, which could help you reduce your bills and make your home more energy efficient.”

She said that advice tailored to individual situations would be given, ranging from grants and loans available for installing insulation and heating systems, to switching energy tariff and improving people’s carbon footprints.

More information on Big Energy Saving Week is available at www.cas.org.uk/BESW2020