District council shows support for Fuel Poverty Day

Fuel Poverty Day aims to raise awareness of the plight of those who struggle to heat their homes.

Fuel Poverty Day aims to raise awareness of the plight of those who struggle to heat their homes. - Credit: Archant

Uttlesford District Council is supporting a national day to raise awareness of the plight of those struggling to heat their homes affordably.

The scheme, which takes place tomorrow (Friday), is co-ordinated by the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA).

As well as highlighting some of the problems facing local people who struggle to heat their homes affordably, Fuel Poverty Awareness Day also aims to draw attention to the role that energy efficiency can play in making homes warmer, more comfortable and cheaper to heat.

There are a number of actions local residents can take to help keep their homes warmer and their energy bills down:

- Ensuring your home has loft insulation and wall insulation is a simple measure – you may be eligible to have the work done free of charge, regardless of your income. For further information please contact the Sustainability Team on 01799 510510

- Checking if you are on the lowest tariff available with your current provider or visiting a price comparison site to see the latest deals

Read your meter regularly and update your energy supplier to avoid estimated bills – this also enables you to keep track of what you are using and make changes if necessary

- If you heat your home using oil, have you joined your local oil club?  Bulk buying with neighbours reduces the number of deliveries therefore saving you money. The Rural Community Council of Essex runs a scheme, contact them on 01376 574340. Other schemes include The Oil Club at www.oil-club.com or Boiler Juice on 0800 321 3275 or www.boilerjuice.com

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- If you are worried about your energy bills, the Citizens Advice Bureau offers free advice – you can contact them on 01799 618840. Support is also available from the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99