Big Energy Saving Week! Hear from EST

23rd October, 2012

Monday 22 - Saturday 27 October 2012 is Big Energy Saving Week. It is all about letting you know the things you can do to cut your energy bills down to size and help make them more affordable. Throughout the week there are events happening up and down the country, so why not drop by the one nearest to you and find out what help is available?

Big Energy Saving Week is a collaboration between Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust, Government, energy suppliers and other voluntary and charitable organisations. The main aim of the week is bring together consumers with all the advice and assistance that is out there in relation to their fuel bills. You can find out more about the week how to check you’re getting the best deal for your energy and any help you’re entitled to, switch to another tariff or supplier if you can get a better price elsewhere, and advice on how to insulate your home and use less energy at

Many of the partners of the Big Energy Saving Week including British Gas, EDF, E.ON, EST and the National Energy Action will be at Retro Expo next week to answer any questions you have on saving energy saving and how to get the most out of the Green Deal.

Retro Expo caught up with Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, for a quick Q&A, to hear what he thought about the Green Deal and the long term, energy efficient challenge ahead…

Q: How will the Green Deal will work?
It will require government, industry and organisations, like Energy Saving Trust, working together to maximise the opportunities of the Green Deal and helping one another to fulfil its potential. There’s no reason why it won’t be a success. Working together we can all help to fulfil the Green Deal’s goal of substantially increasing the number of energy efficiency measures installed in homes across the UK.

Q: What challenges do you think lie ahead?
A major challenge is making the Green Deal work for both industry and consumers so they’re both encouraged to get involved. This can be done through explaining what the Green Deal is and providing ongoing advice about what businesses can do to be a part of it. Establishing trust between businesses and the consumer will also be vital – if this trust does not exist then the Green Deal will fail.

Q: Why are you supporting Retro Expo?
Retro Expo is all about installers so we’re supporting the event to provide professional and impartial advice to these installers about the Green Deal, installer certification and how they can maximise the opportunities presented to them by the Green Deal.

Q: What will you be talking about at the Green Deal Summit?
We’ll be talking about how businesses can successfully enter the Green Deal market and make the most of the commercial opportunities, whilst delivering on its promise and winning consumer trust. Businesses can reduce the risks of market entry and win their trust by ensuring they target the right households in the right way with the right measures. Trust between consumer and business will be vital if the Green Deal is to work – without it then householders will lack confidence about installing energy efficiency measures.

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