Energy UK and NEA promote Warm Homes campaign
Energy UK has teamed up with fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) to promote the Warm Homes campaign.
The UK-wide campaign aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of cold homes and highlight the benefits of helping those struggling to heat their homes. Anyone concerned about their bills this winter is being urged to call the Home Heat Helpline, run by Energy UK, on 0800 33 66 99 to find out what help they may be eligible for.
The campaign launches as new research shows that hundreds of thousands of households will be left in poorly insulated properties by 2016 - the date by which the Government undertook to eradicate fuel poverty in England. On the most optimistic estimates, 45% of fuel-poor households who could benefit from cavity wall insulation - the single most cost-effective energy-saving measure - will be excluded from support as a result of inadequate funding.
Christine McGourty of the Home Heat Helpline comments:
"We are urging anyone worried about keeping warm to call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to claim the free help or advice they're entitled to in reducing their bills. It's free to call and you can also ring on behalf of friends, family and neighbours. We are especially keen to reach people who are elderly or on low incomes who are struggling to pay their energy bills, so please call to find out about assistance available through grants, rebates and special payment options. You can also visit the website at www.homeheathelpline.org.uk.
Throughout the campaign, a number of events will be organised to demonstrate the work that is being done at a local level to tackle fuel poverty. NEA and Energy Action Scotland members, stakeholders, MPs, and members of the public will also be asked to help highlight the issues by tweeting and emailing images that capture some of the key themes.