As winter fast approaches, this year’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by the NEA (National Energy Action) will be held on the earlier date of Friday, 27 November and, to coincide with this campaign, the Sustainability Team will be providing our tenants with advice on how to keep safe and warm.
Fuel poverty is an increasingly serious situation where a family or household on a low income lives in an energy inefficient home that can't be kept warm at a reasonable cost. With more people spending time at home as a result of the pandemic, this winter could see further challenges for customers who may be struggling already with their energy bills, and those who are ill or having to self-isolate, facing the practical challenges in paying for energy.
Emma Davie, Senior Sustainability Officer said: “We are aware that this is going to be a difficult time for so many households who may be facing fuel poverty as an added challenge to what has already been a tough year. We are dedicated to supporting tenants in reducing their bills by providing free advice on how to switch electricity and gas supplier and how to keep their homes more energy efficient now the days are getting colder. We will be working with tenants on a one-to-one basis to support their individual needs.
Did you know?
It is estimated that in 2018 there were 12,900 households living in fuel poverty in Wakefield - 8.8% of all households - source here. Nationally, around 10,000 people a year die as a result of living in a cold home, which can cause existing health conditions to worsen, or new ones to develop - source here.