Keeping warm in Winter is a priority and Community Lincs works strategically with partners and directly with communities on energy saving initiatives that help to tackle fuel poverty in the county. Our activity supports the delivery of the Lincolnshire Warmer Homes Strategy 2010 produced by HELP (Home Energy Lincs Partnership)
Theme 1: Raising awareness of fuel poverty and its solutions
Theme 2: Targeting actions at fuel poor households
Theme 3: Improving the energy efficiency of all housing tenures
Theme 4: Maximising the income of households at risk from fuel poverty
Theme 5: Improving access to fuel services and renewable energy
Every winter Community Lincs delivers an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers and frontline workers through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Big Energy Saving Network and the Citizens Advice Bureau Energy Best Deal.
Both programmes provide free information sessions on keeping warm in Winter, ensuring that consumers are not paying more than they need to for their energy, showing how to reduce the amount of energy they use and providing information about schemes offered by the Government or energy suppliers that could help reduce their energy costs.
Keeping Warm in Winter – Check, Switch, Insulate
- Check if there is a better way to pay your bills. Direct debit remains the cheapest way to pay. You may also get a discount for managing your account online but remember to check your bill when it arrives.
- Check that you are getting all you are entitled to. If you are not keeping warm and struggling to pay your energy bills you may be entitled to help from your energy supplier or additional benefits.
- Switch off appliances not in use and save ££’s. the average UK household is spending between £45 and £80 each year leaving appliances on standby so turn them off when not in use.
- Switch energy supplier or tariff- make sure you are paying no more than you have to for your energy. Are you getting the best deal? Are you on the cheapest tariff with your current supplier or is there a better deal with them or another company? Make sure you have an accurate bill to hand and use an accredited comparison service. Tick to see all results to ensure you are getting the best deals. Even prepayment customers with a debt (up to £500) can switch suppliers.
- Insulate- make sure your home is fully insulated and draft proof. You may be entitled to help with this so give your energy company a call for the latest news on grant funding on search on line.
Citizens Advice consumer service and consumer helpline – 03454 04 05 06
The Home Heat Helpline provides advice on managing energy costs
Telephone: 0800 33 66 99
Energy Saving Trust (EST) and Energy Saving Advice Service
Telephone: 0300 123 1234
Responders to Warmth
Responders to Warmth is funded by Lincolnshire County Council and the Lincolnshire Community Foundation.
It ensures people are keeping warm in Winter by offering a range of products and advice.
The Call Centre 0845 606 4566 is open from 09.30am on Tuesdays to 16.30pm on Thursdays, from October 1st until March 31st each winter.
Visit the Responders To Warmth Website
Warm Home Discount – a £140 rebate off electricity or gas bill this winter for qualifying households
Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – provides free heating (e.g. boiler replacement and repair) and insulation (e.g. cavity wall and loft insulation) measures to qualifying households – own your own home or rent from a private landlord
Priority Service Register – a range of free services provided by fuel suppliers for qualifying customers
Comparing Costs and Switching Supplier
For information on how to save money by switching energy supplier visit the Go Energy Shopping website and look for the how to shop section.
For additional advice for comparing costs for those people using pre-pay meters have a look at the advice from MoneySavingExpert.
Struggling To Pay Your Energy Bills?
If you are struggling to pay your energy bill the Citizens Advice website can help. You can also use the website to find your local Citizens Advice Bureau which will also be able to help with debt advice.