Community Energy Plus has been fighting fuel poverty and the misery of cold homes in Cornwall for over 20 years. When Jack Frost starts to bite we regularly receive calls from local householders who are in desperate situations because they lack money to top-up their energy pre-pay meters.
Cornwall suffers from a 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.
How you can help
We’re launching a Cold Homes Relief Fund for Cornwall, providing emergency energy meter top-ups for vulnerable households in financial crisis this winter.
If you receive the Winter Fuel Allowance and are in the fortunate financial situation to not need it to keep warm, or you would just like to help us give the gift of warmth to Cornish families in need, please donate to our campaign.
How your money will be used
A flexible fund of emergency and longer term help to keep vulnerable householders warm, including:
- Electric and gas key meter top-ups
- Heated blankets – costing around 4 pence 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.
It will also help us to fund an energy advisor to provide a home visit to administer the 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:
o Tariff switching, accessing the £140 Warm Home Discount from their energy supplier and social water tariffs.
o Improving the energy efficiency of homes – access to local schemes for insulation and heating upgrades, this may involve us putting together ‘jigsaws’ of funding from multiple sources to fund measures.
o Referrals and signposting to other services eg. Fire Safety Checks for free smoke and CO alarms, Debt and Money Advice, Food Banks etc.