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Statistics show the cold reality of fuel poverty in Cornwall

The plight of thousands of households in Cornwall struggling with the costs of keeping warm has been highlighted by the publication of the government’s latest fuel poverty statistics. They show that over 34,000 households are thought to be in fuel poverty in the duchy, which is 14.2% of Cornish homes. The figures for Cornwall are as bad as levels seen in colder parts of the country such as the North East and West Midlands. Within some communities across Cornwall the …

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Cooking up energy savings in Four Lanes

A lesson on eating well on a budget and saving energy around the home has recently provided food for thought at Pencoys Primary School in Four Lanes. 24 families and their children enjoyed a slow cooking workshop designed to encourage families to cook and save energy together. The workshop was part of a pioneering project being led by the Truro-based energy charity Community Energy Plus. Last year the charity received national recognition in the Energy Impact Awards for the achievements …

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Event held to help householders cut their energy bills

Visitors to Helston’s Open Door Café were given advice to help them to take control of their energy bills at an event to mark National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday 17th February. Cornish charity Community Energy Plus joined forces with the Helston and Lizard Food Bank to host a drop-in event for local residents to find out about grants and initiatives which can help them to enjoy warmer homes, tariff switching and advice on how to save energy and …

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Can you afford another £55 on your energy bill this year?

Tens of thousands of Cornish households could be in for a nasty shock this month when they receive their January energy bills. Rising wholesale electricity and gas costs threaten to push the cost of the average duel fuel bill up by as much as 5 per cent, which is £55[1] on an average bill, according to the Truro based charity Community Energy Plus. The charity estimates that two-thirds of households in Cornwall, about 175,000[2], are unnecessarily boosting the profits of …

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Strong demand for Smart Warmth project

Cornish householders living with health conditions made worse by cold homes are being urged not to suffer in silence this winter. The local energy charity Community Energy Plus is in its final two months of delivering a project which has already provided advice to over 3,000 people who were struggling to heat their homes. As the latest blast of cold weather hits the county, the charity are expecting to handle an increased number of calls from people who are struggling …

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Making homes warmer in Truro and Falmouth – experts meet with to discuss new report with Sarah Newton MP

With the launch of a new report into the energy performance of homes and businesses in Truro and Falmouth, local MP Sarah Newton, Cornwall Council and local organisations have come together to discuss what has worked to date and what remains to be done. As people begin to turn up their heating, a new report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy has shone a spotlight on the energy performance of homes and businesses in Truro and Falmouth. The …

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Keeping your home warm as the cold weather arrives

With the night’s drawing in and temperatures dropping, residents are being urged to think about how to keep their homes warm and safe over winter. Today sees the launch of the winter wellbeing programme which gives residents advice and practical help. Advice is available on insulation, switching energy tariffs to save money, emergency funds for vulnerable people who can’t afford to heat homes and support to help people help themselves by getting back into employment.   Over 30 partners are …

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Community Energy Plus wins national award helping families to save money

Community Energy Plus are celebrating after their project was named runner-up in the national award scheme the Energy Impact Awards, beating more than 70 competing entries. The Energy Impact Awards, run by leading fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) in partnership with British Gas, recognise best practice amongst agencies carrying out work that focuses on energy projects tackling fuel poverty by benefiting vulnerable people in the local area. Community Energy Plus has been awarded a £7,500 grant which is …

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Buying together cuts almost £500k from Cornish energy bills

Cornish householders are being urged to take action to stop energy suppliers getting rich at their expense by joining Cornwall’s collective energy switch to access cheaper energy for one and all this autumn. Registration for Community Energy Switch’s autumn collective switch is now open and householders have until 31st October to register their interest, with no obligation to switch, at www.communityenergyswitch.org.uk or by calling Freephone 0800 954 1956. Community Energy Plus, the Truro-based energy charity behind the energy switching initiative, is …

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Slow cooking project cuts energy bills of Cornish families

611 low income families in Cornwall have taken action to save energy and money through an innovative energy efficiency project based around slow cooking workshops. Over the past year, the local energy charity Community Energy Plus has delivered slow cooking workshops across the length and breadth of the county. The focus on energy efficient cooking has provided a stepping stone to encourage people to learn about ways to save energy throughout the home and highlight how lots of small changes …

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Green Heating Grants for Park Home residents

Residents of 20 park homes in Cornwall could be enjoying a warmer winter this year thanks to a project to install free air-to-air source heating systems. Cornwall Council’s public health team has joined forces with the local energy charity Community Energy Plus to provide park home residents in Cornwall with free energy efficient eco-friendly heating systems through the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Central Heating Fund. The installations are due to take place this autumn and the Truro-based …

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Volunteers needed for innovative health project

Would you like to volunteer for an innovative health project? You could benefit from up to £300 of energy efficient home improvements as a thank you! For people who spend most of the time at home, keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer is an important part of staying healthy and happy. If you, or someone you care for or know, struggle to stay warm in winter, or cool in the summer, then this project can help …

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Slow cooking revolution comes to Camborne

A local charity which helps householders in Cornwall to save energy and money is encouraging low income families in Camborne who are struggling with their energy bills to get ‘Energy Fit’ at an event in the town on 5th April. Community Energy Plus’s ‘Energy Fit Kitchens’ project is helping people to understand how they use energy at home and the steps they can take to use less and reduce their energy bills. As the kitchen accounts for a considerable part …

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Two-year CMA investigation “misses golden opportunity to reduce fuel poverty”

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today set out proposals to reform the energy market, open up competition and help customers get a better deal. In response the Cornish fuel poverty charity Community Energy Plus has criticised the investigation’s recommendations as it believes that they will do little to reduce the high level of fuel poverty in the county. The CMA has been investigating the energy market since June 2014 in response to a referral from the energy regulator …

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Event planned to help householders cut their energy bills

Local charity Community Energy Plus will be working with Penryn and Falmouth Food Bank next week to help householders take control of their energy bills at an energy advice event. Anyone in the community who is worried about their energy bills is invited to attend the drop-in event at the Highway Community Centre on Friday 26th February, between 10am and 4pm. Householders will be able to access information about the initiatives which can help them to enjoy warmer homes, tariff switching and advice …

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Charity offers solution to £46 million Cornish energy bill rip-off

Cornish households could be paying almost £46 million[1] a year more on their energy bills than they need to because they are not shopping around for cheaper energy tariffs. Last January Community Energy Plus launched a collective switching initiative to use group buying power to secure exclusive cheap energy tariffs with suppliers. It offers three collective energy switches a year as well as a year round price comparison and switching service. Over 1,000 households have saved an average of £247 …

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