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Written By On 27/01/2014

The Big Energy Saving Week starts today to help thousands of households across the UK cut their fuel costs and make them aware of any financial aid they are entitled to receive.

Citizens Advice have launched the national campaign because they say that over one in two adults within Britain cannot afford to pay for basic everyday necessities and are looking to cut back on any expenses they are able to.

The bureau's report say that their main concern is the higher energy bills and the rising costs in food groceries.

The project has been also been sponsored by Government, energy providers, Age UK and voluntary charities.

Their study reveals that one in five UK households cannot keep up with their expenses whilst another one in three are barely doing so.

These householders are cutting back in any way they can. Many are not heating their homes fully and others are spending less on their food shopping whenever possible. One of the first things they stop is going out for dinners or lunches which means they see their friends less and have less quality time with their nearest and dearest.

Nearly one in six have needed to into overdraft in order to pay their energy costs whilst more than one in ten have had to loan money from relatives or friends to make ends meet. Others have used credit cards and short term loans to try and keep their heads above water.

Surprisingly less than one in three have talked to their energy provider and find out if there is a more cost effective option available for them to use.

The charity's chief executive Gillian Guy said,

Through Big Energy Saving Week Citizens Advice is helping consumers to check, switch and insulate. Our bureaux up and down the country will be out and about to help consumers find better deals and make the most of extra help available.