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Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Friday 28th March is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. It is intended to raise awareness of the problem of fuel poverty and also the help and advice which is available to ensure vulnerable people are warm in their home.

 

Fuel poverty affects over 7,000 households in Bedford Borough, but there are a range of actions that people can take to make their energy bills more affordable. This includes making your home more energy efficient and checking to see if you are eligible for any discounts on your electricity bills or financial assistance with heating or insulation improvements.

 

Fuel poverty, where a householder is unable to heat their home to the level needed to stay warm and comfortable in their homes, results from a combination of factors including low household income, unaffordable energy prices, inefficient heating and poor home insulation.

 

Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Transport, said: “Bedford Borough Council offers a range of help and support to anyone struggling to heat their home and stay warm.

 

“With the worst of the winter hopefully now behind us, now is a great time to get a copy of our Safe, Healthy and Well leaflet and find out what extra help may be available to ensure your home is warm ahead of next winter."
 
To view a copy of the ‘Safe, Healthy and Well’ leaflet visit: www.bedford.gov.uk/safehealthywell.


Residents worried about meeting their energy costs can contact the independent Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 for advice on bills and energy efficiency.  For free and impartial advice on how to save energy in the home including information on the Green Deal and the Energy Companies Obligation, residents can contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (national rate call) or email energy-advice@est.org.uk. For further information Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, visit: www.nea.org.uk.

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