Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has urged people to consider switching energy supplier in order to lower their gas and electricity bills.
The Penygraig-based Leader of Plaid Cymru made the call during Big Energy Saving Week which has a particular focus this year on cutting household bills. Recent research from uSwitch has found that more than a quarter of people surveyed worry they won’t be able to feed their family if they turn the heating on.
Their research also found that more than four in ten families plan to ration their energy use and risk going cold this winter in a bid to make bills more affordable.
Big Energy Saving Week, which runs throughout the week starting 22 January 2018, is concentrating on three main themes which are to:
- Educate consumers directly on how to check their energy costs and switch tariff or supplier if they are paying too much
- Spread awareness of the advice and support available for consumers from programmes like Energy Best Deal extra to the Priority Services Register
- Ensure that consumers can save money and energy by taking control of their usage and implementing energy efficiency measures such as insulation
Ms Wood said: “If you have never switched energy supplier, there are usually big savings to be made on your gas and electricity bill.
"The switching process is pretty simple and everything is handled for you by the new supplier – all you need to do is to provide meter readings once you have started the switching process.
“When many household budgets are squeezed and many people are paying over the odds to run their homes, this is a simple and practical step that people can take to reduce costs.
"The Citizens Advice Bureau in RCT has more information and advice on this campaign and I would urge anyone to get in touch with them if they have any further queries by visiting https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/rhondda-cynon-taff/ or by calling 01443 409284.”