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January 8 2015.

Newhaven is hosting its first ever energy pop-up shop. For six days only, energy experts will be in town to provide practical advice on how to cut costs on your energy bills, give advice on switching suppliers if you wish to and ways to be more energy efficient at home. And it won’t cost you a penny!

From next Monday, the 12th of January through to Saturday the 17th of January 2015 Communities Matter, in partnership with Newhaven Town Council and supported by East Sussex Energy Partnership, the Energy Pop-up Shop will be open in Newhaven High street  from 10.00am through to 4.00pm.

A Newhaven Town Council spokesperson expalined: “We are pleased to be supporting this pop-up energy shop in the High Street. It is the first of its kind in the Lewes District area, and is designed to help Newhaven residents and businesses get free advice on how to reduce their fuel bills and put a bit more money back in their pockets.”

The Mayor of Newhaven, Councillor Judith Ost said: “Fuel bills are always higher at this time of the year, so this is a great chance to find out if you can pay less by switching to another supplier. Just remember to take your energy bills to the pop-up shop in the High Street, so that the organisers can help you save money. They will help you make the change to a cheaper company.”

Newhaven Town Council’s Head of Strategic Development, Susie Mullins, added: “Similar events have been held in other towns in East Sussex and people have been saving between £50.00 and £350.00 on their fuel bills. We are pleased that residents and businesses in Newhaven will have the same opportunity to save money at this week-long event.”

On the back of the success of this energy saving campaign so far, DECC has granted funding through its Big Energy Saving Network (BESN). There are now sixteen 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 added: “We are working with the Sussex Community Development Agency to train volunteers and front line workers to give energy bill advice. We will talk to any local groups wishing to take part in this initiative.”