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Nottingham energy experts share simple tips of how to save money on bills

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Experts who have set up a group to support people with difficulties and questions about their energy bills have shared some top tips on how best to save money. Having worked in the energy industry for 14 years, Gemma Hatvani founded Energy Support and Advice UK in Nottingham which has been running for just under 2 years, and has set up a new campaign group called Heat and Eat with the Save Our Rights UK group.

This new campaign group criticises Government measures about the energy price cap rising and the hardship this has put on people financially, but focuses on helping those who need it most. And group experts have shared some tips on how to drastically slash the cost of your energy bills.

Jo Stubbs, 34, who lives in Silverdale, has worked in the energy industry for 8 years, and is head admin of Energy Support and Advice UK, which is registering to be a CIC. All those involved in the project currently volunteer.

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Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, she said: “We’ve heard horrific stories of people having to go to bed with their coats, hats and scarves on. This isn’t a small number of people we’re talking about, but a lot who are struggling, and a lot of the 32,000 members in the new group live in Nottinghamshire.

“People are genuinely worried about not being able to afford anything, let alone putting food on the table. It’s shocking how crazy it’s gone in terms of numbers signing up, but we want to support and help people.”

Tips from Energy Support and Advice UK of how to save money on energy:

  • When washing clothes, wash them on eco mode.
  • Do not use tumble dryers, and invest in an air drier, or cover clothes on a clothes horse with a sheet in front of a radiator.
  • Turn a thermostat down by 1 degree. Shut off radiators in rooms not in use. Put a curtain on the stairs to prevent drafts. Close doors to keep the heat in. Use draft excluders.
  • Cut shower times down to 3-5 minutes.
  • Slow cookers, pressure cookers, halogen ovens and air fryers use much less energy than an oven.
  • Switch things off. Invest in smart plugs, or smart bulbs which can be controlled via an app on a phone. Try not to leave things on standby.
  • A heated blanket, electric throw and heated foot muff is much cheaper to run than putting the heating on.
  • Fill up the kettle with hot water and boil only what’s needed.
  • Batch cook and freeze meals.
  • Check the coils on the back of a fridge and clean them.
  • Check all the TRVs (numbers on radiators) to make sure they are all balanced and bled.
  • Make sure the boiler is serviced regularly.
  • Insulate the home.
  • Take regular meter readings, even if a smart meter is installed.

Ms Hatvani said: “Our mission is to educate and empower people through knowledge and our experience working in the industry as a team. We help to advise and support on bills, tariffs, usage, complaints and energy efficiency. We have had some fantastic feedback already with people using our practices and reducing their usage to reduce their carbon footprint which has resulted in lower bills.”

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