Organisers have hailed Newhaven’s first Energy Pop-up Shop as a ‘resounding success.’
Residents and businesses saved hundreds of pounds off their energy bills with the help of the energy experts on hand, organisers said.
Ollie Pendered, Director of Communities Matter said: “Over 120 local people came to see us during the week.
“We checked 40 energy bills and on average we were saving people £250 per year on their bills. “One family saved over £500!”
Organised by Communities Matter in partnership with Newhaven Town Council, the Ouse Valley Energy Services Company (Ovesco) and supported by East Sussex Energy Partnership, energy experts gave independent practical advice on how to cut costs on energy bills, advice on switching suppliers and ways to be more energy efficient at home. All for free.
A spokesman for Newhaven Town Council said: “We have been delighted with the number of local residents that visited the Pop-up shop last week and secured savings on their energy bills, with two residents each saving as much as £500 per year.
“We hope to run a similar event next winter, to give people another opportunity to switch providers and get a better deal on their energy bills where possible.
“Many people have commented how kind and helpful the staff were that ran the event, and we therefore have the staff from Communities Matter and Ovesco to thank for all their support and making the switch for residents hassle free.”
Based on the success of the Energy Pop-up Shop initiative, DECC has granted funding through its Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) to train 16 BESN Champions across Sussex and Kent, whose main focus is doing outreach work on fuel poverty.
Ollie Pendered, Director of Communities Matter and a BESN Champion said: “During the Energy Pop-up Shop week, Newhaven also hosted a training session for the Sussex BESN Champions. “During this session it became clear that there are absolutely no benefits for being loyal to your energy provider. Everyone’s energy tariff comes to an end at some point, and when it does you automatically drop onto a standard tariff. For those of you on standard tariffs, if you switch supplier you will automatically save yourselves £200 a year. For more information on how to do this, visit www.communityenergysouth.org.uk.”
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey visited the Newhaven Energy pop-up shop site earlier this year.