Expert to help people cut fuel bills

An energy expert will be passing on tips to people hit by rising fuel bills during a special event in Belper this week.

Tom Vietch, who leads on the development of community projects for the environmental charity Global Action Plan, will be at Strutts Community Centre on Tuesday, November 5 for the session.

At the meeting Tom will pass on some energy saving ideas in an inter-active fun way. He has trained hundreds of people with Global Action Plan’s interactive resources.

The event is being organised by eco-group Transtion Belper.

Research by the group found that the average dual fuel bill energy bill in DE56 is almost £1,300.

This rises to more than £1,750 in parts of Duffield but is less than £1,100 in parts of Kilburn.

Recent increases mean those getting their energy from NPower, SSE or British Gas can expect an average rise of £121 per year - £162 in Duffield or £100 in Kilburn.

Kathy Fairweather, from Transition Belper, said: “Of course averages are just that – average – so about half of all households will be forking out more than average.

“A unique experiment at the University of Salford found that good and bad energy use differed by £600 a year.

“We don’t have a scientific show house to exhibit but we do have an energy expert who can pass on some great tips to help you save energy and money.”

The event begins at 7pm at Strutts, on Derby Road.