What is fuel poverty?
There are many reasons why people can find it hard to pay their fuel bills and these often become more pressing when the weather gets colder.
You might hear this referred to as 'fuel poverty'. Fuel poverty can happen because of:
• Low income
• Expensive or inefficient heating systems
• High fuel costs
• Poor quality of housing
• Lack of insulation in your home
It is a fact that people’s inability to heat their homes adequately can have a direct impact on their health. People living in cold, damp homes, which are inadequately heated, tend to be more susceptible to a range of common illnesses such as colds and flu, with elderly people and young children being particularly at risk to more serious conditions.
How you can get help
If you think you are living in fuel poverty or know someone who is, there are things you can do if you are worried about keeping warm and paying your bills.
To seek advice and information about the support available call Sefton Council affordable warmth service on 0151 934 2222 or the local Energy Advice line managed by the charity EPPlus Freephone 0800 043 0151. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Alternatively you can complete the online referral form below to request assistance.
There are many simple actions that you take in the home that will help save you energy and money, as well as reducing green house gases, such as carbon dioxide. Some of these things include: insulating your loft and walls, draught proofing and installing an A-Rated central heating boiler.
Making your home more energy efficient could save you around 25% per year on your household energy bills and reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by up to two tonnes.
Energy savings advice
Energy Projects Plus are a charity who manage the local Energy Advice Line.
They offer Sefton residents free and impartial advice on energy efficiency around the home, renewable energy and information about the latest grants and discounts available. Use the online tool to find out more or call 0800 043 0151 (open mon-fri 9am-5pm).
Funding for First Time Central Heating
Home owners and private tenants may qualify for a first time central heating Warm Homes Fund Grant which is available until November 2021. For more information contact 0151 934 2222.