Organisations from across Herefordshire are coming together to tackle fuel poverty with a special event as part of the national Warm Homes campaign.
The national campaign is run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA), which aims to raise awareness of the problem and some of the solutions available for those struggling to heat their homes affordably.
The event will bring together key partners who are working across the county to support people living in cold and unsafe homes, including Keep Herefordshire Warm (the council’s affordable warmth service) Age UK Hereford & Localities, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and local housing providers.
People will be able to get advice on energy efficiency at the event, as well as information on grants for replacement heating, financial support and other free services such as Home Fire Safety Checks and gas boiler servicing. Energy saving gadgets including LED lightbulbs and energy monitors will also be up for grabs.
Residents are encouraged to bring an energy bill, so an energy expert can check they are on the correct tariff. The government suggests just over half of households could save £200 per year just by switching to a more suitable tariff and energy price rises are expected over the next couple of months.
Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet member for infrastructure, said:
“Keep Herefordshire Warm and NEA undertake vital work to help our communities keep warm in their homes. I am delighted to support this event and the wider Warm Homes campaign.”
Keep Herefordshire Warm and its partners offer a wide range of advice and support. Mrs Calloway, a resident from Hereford recently received a new boiler through the scheme after being referred following a Home Fire Safety check:
"I’m so happy, it’s so warm now. The attitude of the people involved was great. Lots of people trying to help and do positive things. The fire service were great. Thank you."
The event takes place between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday 15 February, in Hereford High Town.
For impartial advice and support residents can contact Keep Herefordshire Warm on 0800 677 1432.