Over recent months the Warm & Well team have carried out 130 home visits to home owners and private tenants in South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire. The home visits are offered to households vulnerable to fuel poverty and help identify simple ways to make homes warmer and cheaper to run. The average savings identified is around £330 per household! Referrals for home visits can be made directly by the householder or by health professionals or other support services.
Senior Energy Advisor, David Roberts’ recent visit to Mr R in Warmley gives an idea of the kind of savings that can be made.
Warm & Well was contacted by Mr R’s support worker as his flat was inadequately heated with just one electric two bar fire in his one bed flat. David identified that Mr R. was still on an Economy 7 tariff although he did not have storage heaters and also that he was entitled to a Warm Home Discount of £140. By switching tariffs from Economy 7 to a standard tariff and claiming a Warm Home Discount Mr R. could reduce his electricity bill from £400 to just £80.
In addition David was able to refer Mr R. to the Central Heating Fund to have free gas central heating installed which will make his home much warmer and safer to live in.
If you know of any vulnerable householders who would benefit from a home visit please call our advice line on 0800 500 3076.