Today is National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and support is available for Nottingham residents who are unable to heat their home and available advice on how they can make energy savings.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is coordinated by National Energy Action (NEA) and intends to increase awareness of fuel poverty with a shocking 4.5 million UK households currently unable to live in a warm, dry home.
Over 12% of Nottingham’s households are classed as being in fuel poverty, with the Nottingham City Council and local partners working hard to tackle this.
The nationwide day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the heating and insulation problems faced by low-income households and options available to address them.
“I’m really pleased that we have been able to bring in so much extra funding to the city to tackle fuel poverty.”
In the lead up to Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, energy specialists from Robin Hood Energy and Nottingham Energy Partnership are running drop sessions at service centres across Nottingham.
On Monday, February 20, they will be joined by Nottingham City Signposting Service, a multi-agency partnership with a single point of contact for those aged 60+, and who are particularly at risk of fuel poverty.
They will be on hand to give one-to-one advice on how to cut household energy bills at Bulwell Riverside foyer from 10am – 12pm.
Recent Government statistics show that Nottingham has had the second highest reduction in homes classed as in fuel poverty out of all the core cities, with a 5.8% reduction.
Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, Councillor Alan Clark, said: “I’m really pleased that we have been able to bring in so much extra funding to the city to tackle fuel poverty. As well as setting up the UK’s first council-run not-for-profit energy company, Robin Hood Energy, we have a proven track record in delivering large energy efficiency programmes and we are well set to capitalise on future funding opportunities.”
According to new research by National Energy Action, energy efficiency problems such as damp and unhealthily low temperatures are more common in privately rented homes such as shared properties, bedsits and hostels.
In a recent national survey over two thirds of residents said they cannot afford to heat their room or shared space adequately and a similar number said the worst rental properties have such inadequate heating and insulation that it is impossible to keep them warm and free.
In order to help tackle fuel poverty, NEA have launched a new advice page on their website, which includes a range of free printed and online resources and their new ‘Steps to Affordable Warmth’ video.