Big Energy Saving Week is back! January 2014 will mark the third Big Energy Saving Week; a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.
Energy is a huge issue and accessing it cheaply, getting support where needed and saving it where possible can have a massive impact on consumers’ ability to manage their energy usage and cost.
Many people stay on the same tariff or with the same energy supplier for years, without realising they could be getting a better deal elsewhere. They could be saving up to £200 a year, particularly if they have never switched before.
Contact your energy supplier to check you
are on the best tariff and payment method for your circumstances, or if they can offer you any discounts to cut your bills.
Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau to check you are not missing out on any benefits or tax credits that could boost your income.
Visit an accredited switching website to see if you could get your energy cheaper elsewhere. Shopping around for your energy supplier could save you as much as £200 if you have never switched before.
If you use heating oil as your main fuel, see if there are any local oil buying clubs you can join. If not, you might want to start your own.
If you’re worried about how much money you’re spending to heat and light your home,
or just want to spend less, there are some simple steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
Keep in the heat by insulating the cavity walls and the loft of your home – you could save up to £320 per year. Most suppliers are giving away free or discounted insulation and other energy efficiency measures so ask if you’re eligible.
Would you like to be a getting the site right inspector and help make your neighbourhood a better place to live?
Involving tenants and residents is essential to the process of managing, monitoring and improving the grounds maintenance service in Kirklees.
Kirklees Council Streetscene aim to ‘Get the Site Right’ in their work on your estate but they are not there every day. They need you to let them know when problems occur or any issues you are aware of.
What is a getting the site right inspector?
It is someone who has the power to report poor work and channel views and ideas of other tenants on how to improve your estate.
You can also attend annual site inspections with a member of the gardening team to discuss work done and put forward ideas for improvement.
For more information you can attend one of the workshops below
Huddersfield Town Hall, Reception Room on Monday 25th March 2013 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Dewsbury Town Hall Council Chambers, on Tuesday 26th March 2013 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Please contact Nigel on 01484 225064 to register for one of the workshops or to find out more about what is involved.
As you may be aware the Government are making radical changes to the amount of benefit people will receive and how their benefit entitlement will be paid. In April 2013, the introduction of the benefit cap and the under occupation charge will affect many of the tenants and residents of Kirklees.
Why be a Community Champion?
KNH are looking to recruit local tenant reps and people who attend the achievers course to become Welfare Reform Champions. The Champions will also be more knowledgable about the changes than the average tenant and will be able to tell people on their estates who to contact if they are having problems when the changes come into effect.
If you are interested in becoming a champion, there will be a training course at Dalton Library and Childrens Centre, Ridgeways Dalton. The session will be held on Thursday 24th October and run from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Lunch will be provided. (COURSE FULL)
If you would like to book a place on future training events then please contact Beverley Waterworth at KNH on 01484 416409 who will book a place for you.
There are only 8 places left and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. (THESE PLACES HAVE NOW BEEN TAKEN – but to book a place on a future course please contact Bev Waterworth tel 01484 416409))