Keep Herefordshire Warm is participating in a national campaign to keep people warm and safe at home this Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (29 November).
Living in a warm home is essential for health and wellbeing, but rising energy prices, low incomes and poor-quality housing means that millions of people across the UK – including nearly 10,000 households in Herefordshire – don’t have that option.
In Herefordshire, over 12% of households have high heating costs, and struggle to afford to heat their homes with the income they have. All parts of the county are above the national average for England.
Herefordshire Council partner with local charity Severn Wye Energy Agency to deliver Keep Herefordshire Warm, a support service for all households across the county to access advice and grant funding to help improve warmth at home.
Ben Boswell, Energy & Active Travel Manager at Herefordshire Council, said: “A cold home is often a hidden struggle, and it can be more difficult in rural counties such as ours. If you often struggle to keep warm or keep energy bills affordable during the winter months, check with Keep Herefordshire Warm - you may be eligible for funding towards insulation, draught-proofing or a free first-time central heating system.
“Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is also a reminder to think of others, particularly if you have friends, family or neighbours who suffer from frequent illness in the winter, tend to stick to living in a single room or stop inviting people round during the colder months. Today may be a good opportunity to look in on them and check that they know about the support available to them.”
For more information call 0800 677 1432 or visit www.keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk.
To support the campaign online, you can visit the Keep Herefordshire Warm page on Facebook, and please use the hashtag #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay.