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North East Lincolnshire marks Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

1:04 pm, Wednesday, 25th November 2020 - 4 years ago

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North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE, are supporting the national Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday 27 November.

The partnership aims to raise awareness on what it means to be living in fuel poverty and the importance of living in a warm and safe home.

Councillor John Fenty, portfolio holder for regeneration, skills and housing, said: “Those who are struggling with their home energy bills or are finding it difficult to keep their property warm this winter may find they are in desperate need of support. 

“If you are living in a cold home, or worried if you can afford your next heating bill, I urge you to get in touch with the home energy team today.

“They are encouraging people to get in touch for advice and support if you are finding it difficult to keep your home warm or cover the cost of your energy bills.”

What can you do to reduce your fuel bills?  

  • Do not leave electrical appliances on standby, unplug them when they are not in use
  • Switch to energy saving light bulbs
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room and open curtains using natural light where you can
  • Only fill the kettle with the water you need for a hot drink 
  • Layer up your clothing when you are cold
  • Ensure your property is insulated
  • Take monthly meter readings and submit to your fuel supplier (if you do not have a smart meter)
  • Wash clothes at a lower temperature
  • Educate the household on switching appliances off
  • Try not to block radiators with curtains or furniture
  • Look at switching tariffs

To make an enquiry about the home energy schemes available or for advice and support, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/housing-grants-and-loans/ or call the home energy team on (01472) 326296, option 5.

Please note all funding is subject to survey, meeting criteria and funding availability.

Energy efficient home improvements are being paid for or subsidised via various Government funding pots to help reduce energy bills and keep households warm.

The support is being offered by North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE.

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