Big Energy Savings Week aims to raise awareness with consumers on help that is available regarding energy bills, providing advice on energy efficiency and much more.
This year, Big Energy Saving Week will take place between 22–27 October 2012. The name reflects the collaboration with the Energy Saving Trust, who traditionally hold an event in October called ‘Energy Saving Week’.

Citizens Advice will co-ordinate the week in partnership with a large and diverse range of national organisations, including Government, charities, advice agencies and energy suppliers who are providing an increased level of funding to support the week.

Rural communities are a key target for this week and there are a range of opportunities for RCAN members to participate in promoting BESW – from running an event to promote your oil buying scheme or working in partnership with CAB, Age UK and others to deliver a larger project. RCAN members can attend free training provided by Scottish Power or apply for funding for fieldworkers to take a City and Guilds Energy Awareness course.
An overview of BESW activities are below and full details along with the Local Delivery Fund application form are attached in the email:

* A small grants fund for partners to help with the costs of holding events or providing advice.

* A larger grants fund, Local Delivery Fund, which local partnerships can apply for – to further the work of BESW in the long term (application form available to apply for funding and the closing date is 10 September 2012).

* Free half-day training sessions nationwide for 1,500 fieldworkers and advice workers on switching, energy tariffs, energy efficiency and more. Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

* Support with promotional and materials for events

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