Fuel poverty awareness day

Today is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. Keynsham Community Energy is supporting it, because everyone has the right to live in a warm and dry home. As the temperatures drop and winter approaches, it’s more important than ever that people know where to turn for help and support in staying warm at home.

With Covid-19 affecting people’s livelihoods, even more people this year are likely to find themselves struggling to pay their fuel bills or to afford to upgrade their homes to make them more energy efficient. Keynsham Community Energy has received a grant from the BWCE Community Fund to help people to keep their homes warm. We’re helping people to access the support they need to negotiate their fuel bills and keep their homes warmer.

Did you know that you might be eligible for £140 off your energy bills if you get pension credits, or if you meet other selected criteria such as being on universal credit or income support? B&NES Council’s Energy at Home service can help you apply.

The Energy at Home team can also help people access grants and loans to make their homes warmer. Just the other day, the Council won funding from the government for £500,000 from its Green Homes Grant scheme. This means residents whose homes have poor energy efficiency can apply for a council Green Homes Grant for double glazing, insulation or low-carbon heating. Renters and home owners are both eligible for upgrades.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy has a huge range of leaflets on its website, advising people on practical measures they can take to keep their homes warm and their fuel bills low, from the correct way to use night storage heaters to finding out what grants and funding are available.

Look out for more advice and information about Keynsham Community Energy’s energy efficiency project over the next couple of months. Together we can help people in Keynsham keep warm this winter.

Contact Energy at Home on Freephone 0800 038 5680 or 01225 396444 if you prefer to call a landline. Or www.energyathome.org.uk

Contact the Centre for Sustainable Energy on https://www.cse.org.uk/advice