Devon Charity Offers Free Advice To Reduce Winter Fuel Poverty
With temperatures set to plummet, a Devon charity is urging people to get in touch so that they can help those who are vulnerable reduce their energy bills and save money this winter.
Staff and volunteers from Devon Communities Together are available to give free advice to people who need assistance with saving energy and money, with one-to-one advice available alongside community-based drop-in sessions.
As part of as part of Big Energy Saving Week (20 – 26 January 2020) the DCT team is running drop-in clinicsat Axminster Tesco (Monday 20); Tiverton Market (Tuesday 21); Newton Abbot Market (Wednesday 22); Cullompton Community Hall (Friday 24); and Wembworthy Village Hall (Saturday 25).
In Devon fuel poverty is above the national average, with one in five rural households and one in ten households overall classed as fuel poor.
New research has also revealed a significant gap in consumer understanding about managing household energy use and the simple steps people can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
The survey, conducted by Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust, shows that over a third (36%) of British households have not made changes to their energy usage at home in recent years.
The charity’s Martin Rich said:
“For many people in Devon, saving energy over the winter period is much needed but hard to achieve because of lack of skills, knowledge and confidence. As part of the Big Energy Saving Network, we can provide free advice and support until March 31st. The team is available to attend community events, groups and meetings to provide advice and support, as well as being able to arrange individual consultations. We’re here to give direct support, and if you know someone who could benefit from advice or would like us to attend a community event, please do get in touch.”
Looking at other ways to reduce fuel bills in the county, the charity’s Devon Oil Collective also allows people to purchase oil at the best price through its membership scheme, which it runs in conjunction with a large agricultural co-operative AF Affinity Ltd.
Affinity links the scheme in Devon with others across rural England allowing members to have access to a savings plan to spread the costs of payments; place their order directly with Affinity, at a cost of 1p per litre for every litre of fuel purchased, and make payments by direct debit.
Mr Rich added:
“Oil clubs are a real help to those who do not want to ring around to find the best price, they keep suppliers on their toes and encourage them to price competitively and they can look after the more vulnerable members of communities.”
For help with reducing fuel bills this winter, email firstname.lastname@example.org or aggie@Devoncommunities.org.uk or call 01392 248919. For information on the Devon Oil Collective, email email@example.com
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