Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 09.31.27AN event aimed at helping people cut their energy bills and help the environment has been hailed a success.

The Energy Drop Shop was hosted by Middlesbrough Environment City at Middlesbrough Bus Station in partnership with fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA).

With household budgets still under considerable pressure, residents snapped up the chance of free independent energy efficiency advice and one-to-one support with switching energy suppliers.

During the session on January 29 eight residents received advice on how to switch energy suppliers, with half actually doing so at the event. Between them they achieved actual and potential savings of around £1,800.

Switching energy supplier now can make heating homes over the colder months much more affordable, with recent Government figures suggesting that some households could save more than £200 by switching their gas and electricity supplier.

Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald, who attended the Energy Drop Shop, said: “I’m really pleased that Middlesbrough has received funding through the National Energy Action Warm Homes project to advise residents on reducing their energy costs.

“Tackling fuel poverty is a priority for us all – not only does it reduce fuel bills, it also improves health and wellbeing for our residents.”

MEC – part of the Big Energy Saving Network – offers free one-to-one advice on fuel switching or and energy saving, with regular sessions at Thorntree, North Ormesby, Hemlington and the Cycle Centre in Middlesbrough Bus Station.

Home visits can also be arranged for meter readings to ensure accurate bills and enrol residents onto the priority service register.