Energy saving advice

DCA provides advice to individuals, communities and voluntary groups through projects designed to help vulnerable people get the right information and to understand their options. With this knowledge they can take action to keep their homes warm more affordably.  The delivery of the following projects would not be possible without the support of the following funders: Department of Energy & Climate Change, British Gas Energy Trust, and partners: Citizens’ Advice in Dorset (CAID), Magna Housing Association, Wyvern Savings & Loans, Age UK Dorset and Dorset AONB.

Best Energy Saving Network (BESN) Project

The BSEN scheme can help you find out how to save money on your energy bills by switching your energy supplier, tariff or payment method and improving your energy efficiency. Through our advice and guidance you can make informed decisions on how to make valuable savings in your energy expenditure and access further sources of help and advice such as energy saving grants. If you are a Community Organisation with vulnerable beneficiaries that would benefit from energy saving and efficiency advice we run an outreach programme where we deliver information sessions to groups in the community. We also provide free training to frontline community workers, giving them the tools to support clients on a day-to-day basis with the latest information about energy supplier issues, energy efficiency and budgeting options.

To book a free information and advice session or to get more information, please contact Anita Hansen


Phone: 01202 847606 / 07827996905

British Gas energy Trust (BGET) Healthy Homes Project

DCA is part of the Dorset Fuel Poverty Partnership which aims to keep people warm and healthier over winter and combat fuel poverty. The Healthy Homes Partnership address fuel poverty and energy efficiency issues such as being unable to pay gas and electric bills, finding the home hard to heat, having poor physical/mental health,  children under 5 or living off-gas. Our specialist Community Advisors provide advice to ensure you are getting all the financial help you are entitled to with information on benefit claims, switching suppliers, home improvements, and loans and grants.  In addition to government grants, there are specific loans and grants available through this project.

If you require assistance or would like more information on this project, please contact Julie Wigg:


Phone: 01202  847610 / 07421994586