First energy pop-up shop to open its doors and offer advice in Newhaven

Energy bill advice
Energy bill advice

Newhaven is hosting its first ever energy pop-up shop.

For six days, energy experts will be on hand to provide practical advice on how to cut costs on energy bills, give advice on switching suppliers and ways to be more energy efficient at home.

The Energy Pop-up shop will be in the High Street, Newhaven, from Monday (January 12) to Saturday (January 17) from 10am to 4pm.

It is organised by Communities Matter in partnership with Newhaven Town Council and supported by East Sussex Energy Partnership.

A spokesman for Newhaven Town Council said: “We are pleased to be supporting this pop-up energy shop in the High Street in Newhaven, the first of its kind in the Lewes District area, to help Newhaven residents and businesses get free advice on how to reduce their fuel bills and therefore put a bit more money back in their pockets.”

Mayor of Newhaven, cllr Judith Ost said: “Fuel bills are always higher at this time of the year, so this is a great chance to find out if you can pay less by switching to another supplier. Just remember to take your energy bills to the pop-up shop in the High Street, so that the organisers can help you save money. They will help you make the change to a cheaper company”.

Newhaven Town Council’s head of strategic development Susie Mullins added: “Similar events have been held in other towns in East Sussex and people have been saving between £50 and £350 on their fuel bills. We are pleased that residents and businesses of Newhaven will have the same opportunity to save money at this week-long event.”

Ollie Pendered, director of Communities Matter and a Big Energy Saving Network Champion, said: “We are working with the Sussex Community Development Agency to train volunteers and front line workers to give energy bill advice.

“We will talk to any local groups wishing to take part in this initiative. Please just get in touch.”

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey visited the Newhaven Energy pop-up shop site earlier this year and is in full support of this initiative, the organisers said. For more information about Communities Matter visit www.communitiesmatter.org.uk

The organisation aims to engage with communities to help promote and encourage sustainable change and development.