Big Energy Vision will boost market for energy saving home improvements

Published:  23 October, 2014

A new long-term campaign to empower UK households to take control of rising energy bills is being launched this Big Energy Saving Week.

The Big Energy Vision will see leaders of influential businesses and charities come together in London on 23 October to share their vision to help householders to ‘use less, waste less and pay less’ for their energy.

Together they will communicate clear, simple and consistent messages about the things people can do to control their bills, which includes a wide range of energy saving home improvements and maintenance jobs that can be done by local, reputable tradespeople.

The growing partnership committing to The Big Energy Vision includes Kingfisher, John Lewis, Home Retail Group, National Trust, Citizens Advice, Calor, uSwitch, Energy Saving Trust, TrustMark, Energy UK, UK Green Building Council, Global Action Plan, Willmott Dixon, and Groundwork. It is being coordinated by not-for-profit organisations Forum for the Future and Behaviour Change.

“We want to see homeowners feeling confident, positive and protected in taking control of their energy efficiency. We also want to see a larger, stronger and more stable market for the thousands of skilled firms and tradespeople within TrustMark who are ready and waiting to provide homeowners with energy-saving home repair, maintenance and improvement work, but who are frustrated by the misinformation, mixed messages and dysfunctional way that this market operates at present,” said Liz Male, chairman of TrustMark.

Big Energy Saving Week, run by the Citizen’s Advice Bureaux from 20 to 24 October, highlights positive, practical actions that will help users take control of bills and save energy.

As part of the week, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has also launched its Big Energy Saving Network map, which shows the government funded volunteer network that provides people with year-round advice on switching energy suppliers, installing energy efficiency measures or simply learning how to pay a bill online

The Big Energy Saving Network is made up of a broad range of groups such as housing associations, Citizens Advice Bureaux and community energy initiatives.

For top tips on energy saving and to watch the Citizen’s Advice promotional video, visit: www.citizensadvice.org.uk.