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As winter finally begins to bite, the Citizens Advice Bureau is staging a drive to help people reduce their energy bills.

This week  (16-21 January 2012) is Big Energy Week and staff will be on hand to help people reduce their energy bills, and advise those who qualify for additional support and home improvements.

Financial Inclusion Manager Florence Betts said: “More and more people are coming to us for advice on how to spend less on their fuel bills. Through Big Energy Week we want to tell people that help is at hand and that there are things they can do to cut their fuel bills.”

The initiative is also being supported by Birmingham’s BRMB radio station, who are also running a “Pay Your Bills” competition throughout January, where callers can win up to £250 towards their bills.

Alex Griffiths from BRMB said: “Everyone feels the pinch at this time of year, but high fuel costs can make a tight household budget into a miserable experience for our listeners. brmb ‘pay your bills’ is a competition designed for this time of year where we can try to ease the stress that people may be encountering – but we can’t help everyone, as much as we’d like to. That’s where Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau comes in. Initiatives like Big Energy Week are why we have chosen to work so closely with them: they are there to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to improve their financial position, and that no-one has to choose between a comfortable home and feeding their families.”

Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau is urging people to speak to their energy supplier to check that they’re getting the best deal and are on the cheapest payment method – and to save energy by insulating your home – most energy companies are offering free and/or discounted insulation.

You could save more by switching energy suppliers and an accredited switching website can help you do this.

Plus it’s important to check that you are getting all of the benefits and tax credits that you’re entitled to – as you could be missing out on money that could make it easier to pay your fuel bill.

You can pick up a leaflet with tips and advice on cutting your fuel bills at Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau.

Big Energy Week is an advice campaign coordinated by Citizens Advice to help consumers spend less on heating their home.

For tips on how to cut your energy bills, visit www.bigenergyweek.org.uk

If you need more help and advice, you can visit the drop in service at Northfield CAB on Wednesday between 9.30am and 12pm or Friday between 9.30am and 6.30pm or visit the Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau website for full opening times and contact details.

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