Finance

Are you an energy genius?

Are you an energy genius?Big Energy Saving Week is here! Running between October 31 and November 6, the campaign is calling on the nation’s bill payers to take control of their bills and grab some extra cash. And to celebrate #BESW2016, the Energy Saving Trust is offering you the chance to win £1,500 by testing your knowledge of the best ways to save on your energy supplier.

For example, did you know that the average UK bill-payer can save around £300 just by switching supplier or tariff? And many households may be letting myths hold them back from getting the best deal from their energy supplier.

More than 70 per cent won’t switch to a small supplier they haven’t heard of, even if they could save them money, while some wrongly believe that changing supplier means rewiring your property – or that they have a limited supply of energy compared to their competitors.

Take the quiz and put yourself in with a chance of winning £1,500, and prove you’re switched on to saving!

https://besw.typeform.com/to/lyM7iS?utm

Big Energy Saving Week: save

Check, switch, saveThe best way to pay less for your fuel is simply to save energy around your home.

This doesn’t mean doing without – you can waste less by being energy efficient. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average home in the UK could save up to £130 per year – and avoid emitting 500kg of carbon dioxide – simply by taking energy saving steps.

Are you worried about how much money you’re spending to heat and light your home? Do you want to spend less? There are some simple steps you can take to save money and energy by changing the way you use appliances or making your home more energy efficient. (more…)

Big Energy Saving Week: switch

Check, switch, saveMany people stay on the same tariff or with the same energy supplier for years, without realising they could be getting a better deal elsewhere. By switching tariffs or suppliers, or joining an oil club, you could save hundreds on your fuel bill. Take control of your energy costs – why pay more than you have to?

Make sure you can enjoy a comfortable, healthy home without the anxiety of ever-rising costs, If you’ve never switched before, it is well worth having a look around to see what’s on offer. (more…)

Check, switch, save

Check, switch, save this Big EnergCheck, switch, savey Saving Week. Don’t be on energy autopilot.

#BESW2016


Big Energy Saving Week starts on 31 October 2016. It is a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.

The week focuses on raising public awareness of how to switch energy supplier or tariff to get the best deal and make homes energy efficient. This is the sixth Big Energy Saving Week and is a partnership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.

People can use the Citizens Advice price comparison tool to compare prices from different energy suppliers.

 

Quit today

stoptoberBoost your health

No matter how long you’ve smoked for, quitting can help improve your health straight away.

Cash in

You’ll have much more cash in your pocket. If you smoke a packet a day, you could save around £250 each month!

Quit for your family

You’re more likely to live longer and have more energy for quality time with your children, family and friends.

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home

KCC Budget Consultation

budget2017-demand-increasingKCC Draft Budget proposals 2017/18

Kent County Council

Opens: 13 Oct 2016
Closes: 27 November 2016

Kent County Council (KCC) is asking for your views on its budget proposals and how it can close the remaining gap before the 2017/18 budget is finalised in February 2017.

In the introduction to its budget consultation KCC says that it faces a huge financial challenge in the years ahead and is working hard to protect the services that make the greatest difference to people’s lives.

The story so far

Each year KCC set a budget to decide how much it will spend on services for Kent residents and businesses for the next financial year and much income it needs from Government and local taxation to fund this.

It prioritises spending on services that make sure children and young people get the best start in life, that communities feel the benefit of economic growth, and that support vulnerable residents to live independently. It’s strategic statement annual report gives details of how it is ensuring every pound spent in Kent is delivering better outcomes for Kent’s residents, communities and businesses.

In recent years the amount of money available from Government has been decreasing while demand and cost for council services has been increasing. KCC expects this trend to continue in coming years.

Since 2010 we have made savings of £514 million to offset these challenges and continue to protect and invest in those services that make the greatest difference to people’s lives. These savings have focussed on the transformation of services, which means delivering better outcomes at lower cost, and working in more efficient ways. This has allowed us to continue to protect frontline services. (more…)

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision

Take Five to stop fraudUnder no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons.

Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions. A genuine bank or some other trusted organisation won’t rush you or mind waiting if you want time to think.

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

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