Citizens Advice Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby & district is helping local people get ready for winter by hosting two events on how to get the best value for money from their gas and electricity.

The event is part of Big Energy Saving Week (31 October – 6 November), a national campaign run by Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The campaign aims to help people to cut their energy costs by following a three step rule – check, switch and save.

People are encouraged to check their current tariff and compare it with other suppliers, before switching to a cheaper deal if available. They are also given tips on making sure they’re saving energy in their home.

Citizens Advice Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby & District is hosting two free energy saving events; on Monday 31st October, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm in Selby Library, 52 Micklegate, Selby YO8 4EQ, and on Wednesday 2nd November, 11.00 am – 2.00 pm in the Northallerton office (near Sainsbury’s): 277 High Street, Northallerton, DL7 8DW. Drop-in for a complimentary cuppa and cake, and talk to our energy experts and find out ways in which you can Switch – Check – Save.

Using Citizens Advice’s online energy price comparison tool, advisers can show people how to check they’re on the best tariff for their needs or if there’s a cheaper deal with a different supplier.

People can learn about making their home more energy efficient, for example by getting cavity wall insulation, draught excluders or double glazing. Advisers will be suggesting how to avoid using extra energy by not leaving the TV on standby or leaving lights on.

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

Those who can’t make the event can still follow Big Energy Saving Week’s three- step rule of check, switch, save at home. They can use Citizens Advice’s online price comparison tool to work out if they can find a cheaper energy deal elsewhere, or contact Citizens Advice for help.

Carol Shreeve, CEO of Citizens Advice Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby & District said: “Checking your energy tariff and switching to a cheaper deal is one of the quickest and easiest ways to cut your bills and Big Energy Saving Week is a great opportunity to get expert advice on how you can make savings before winter starts, from changing energy supplier to insulating your home. We would urge everyone to come down to the event, use our price comparison tool and see if they can make savings on their energy bills.”