Community Energy Plus has been fighting fuel poverty and the misery of cold homes in Cornwall for over 20 years. Cornwall suffers from disproportionately high levels of fuel poverty compared to other parts of the country. A combination of old homes which are hard to insulate, reliance on expensive forms of heating, low incomes and high heating needs due to illness or age, mean that many low income households are forced to make tough decisions. For some of the most vulnerable members of our communities this can lead to the lights going out and the heating switching off when they run out of emergency credit on their gas or electricity meters.
We give advice and support to families and people in Cornwall to help them keep warm and healthy in their homes. We offer emergency, short term and long term measures to ensure help gets to the people who really need it.
We receive a lot of heart-warming feedback from people who have been helped by what we do, which helps us to understand how we can help the most.
How you can help
Your donations are very welcome, either as one-off donations or ongoing monthly donations to help our cause.
To make sure as much money goes to the people who need it, donations are made via KindLink, a fundraising platform which ensures 100% of your donation goes to Community Energy Plus to help the people who need your support. We pay a small percentage for payment processing fees. For example, for a £100 donation, we would pay £1.59 to the payment processing company.
We will keep you updated of our progress and share feedback with you.
How your money will be used
A flexible fund of emergency, short and longer term help to keep vulnerable householders warm, including:
- Electric and gas key meter top-ups
- Heated blankets – costing around 4p an hour to keep someone warm; they’re ideal for people who cannot afford to run a full heating system.
- Plug-in oil filled radiators – these are usually provided to families to provide emergency heating when boilers break.
Your donation will also help us to fund an energy advisor to provide a home visit to administer practical help and advice. They will also work with the householder to help them to work towards the longer term objectives of lower energy bills which will include:
- Accessing the £150 Warm Home Discount from their energy supplier and social water tariffs.
- Improving the energy efficiency of their home, with access to local schemes for insulation and heating upgrades, which may involve us putting together ‘jigsaws’ of funding from multiple sources to fund measures.
- Referrals and signposting to other services such as Fire Safety Checks for free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms; Debt and Money Advice, Food Banks, etc.