Utilities

With the rising cost of energy, it is becoming more difficult to keep bills affordable. Here's how Cestria can help.

Energy

Free home energy visits

We work in partnership with the Durham County Council on an energy project called ‘Managing Money Better’ delivered by Prince Bishops Community Bank. The project aims to help people save money on their energy bills and make their homes warmer.

An experienced advisor will visit you in your home for approximately one hour. During this time the advisor will carry out a home MOT:

  • Examining your fuel bills and fuel supplier, and help switch suppliers if savings can be made
  • Making sure you understand your heating system and controls. Giving demonstrations where required
  • Providing energy efficiency advice and arranging practical support, if needed, such as insulation, draught excluders and bleeding radiators
  • Maximising income by ensuring you receive any financial benefits you are entitled too
  • Improving money management and setting up a bank/savings account with the Prince Bishop Community Bank if you desire
  • Referrals to other relevant services concerning finances, debt and home improvements if necessary.
     

To arrange an appointment, please call Prince Bishops Community Bank on 0300 5000933 or email us at advice@moneyworks.org.uk

Energy Switching

By switching energy suppliers you could save up to £420 a year on your utility bills.

There are a number of switching companies you can use to find the best deal for you: 

uSwitch

comparethemarket.com

Money Savings Expert

We also regularly run ‘Energy Best Deal’ sessions – a 1.5 hour session designed to show you how to use energy switching services, understand tariffs and charges, and ultimately help you save on your energy bills by helping you identify the best deal for you.

Top tips to save energy

  • Turn your thermostat down by 1°C. This could cut your heating bill by 10% and save you around £55 per year.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave the room – even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby and don’t leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
  • Fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher before you use it. One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
  • Only boil as much water as you need in the kettle.
  • Turn off your taps. In one week a dripping hot water tap wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath.
  • Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer and can usually save you around £40 over the lifetime of the bulb.

For more advice and information on how to cut your energy bills visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

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