Warm homes campaign fuel poverty awareness week

We have teamed up with a leading councillor in the city to raise awareness of the plight of those in the city who are struggling to heat their homes.

Despite a relatively mild winter, an estimated 14,700 homes in Wolverhampton, and 4.4 million homes across the UK, are said to be living in fuel poverty and unable to heat their homes to the level needed to stay warm and comfortable.

Now Wolverhampton Homes and Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for City Services, Councillor John Reynolds, have joined forces to encourage tenants to find out more about how they can save money on their fuel bills in the lead up to Fuel Poverty Awareness Day which takes place on 28 March.

In recent years, Wolverhampton Homes has spent millions of pounds making energy efficiency improvements to its housing stock, which includes cavity wall insulation and the installation of new photovoltaic panels on the roofs of some of its properties.

Earlier this week, Councillor John Reynolds met Wolverhampton Homes’ Energy and Climate Change team to see one such solar panel project in Bilston, which is saving tenants more than £200 a year on fuel bills.

Shaun Aldis Director of Property Services at Wolverhampton Homes said:

Wolverhampton has been hit really hard by the recession and, sadly, there are local families and older people who are really struggling to afford to heat their homes. In 2014 we shouldn’t still be having a debate about ‘eat or heat’ but sadly that’s the reality for lots of our tenants. That’s why it’s so important to invest in these energy saving measures so we can help tenants to cut their fuel bills.

Councillor John Reynolds added:

It was great to hear first-hand from local tenants about how they’ve been able to save money on their fuel bills because of the work Wolverhampton Homes has been doing to improve houses in the city. We all know how expensive fuel bills can be – especially with the top six energy suppliers all bumping up their prices this winter – so these projects are really important if we’re going to really tackle fuel poverty.

Council tenants can find out more about how they can save money on their fuel bills by visiting our energy advice webpages or by contacting us to arrange a free home energy visit.

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