Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2018
Published: Fri, 23 Feb 2018
We’re supporting a UK wide campaign to raise awareness of the problems faced by those in fuel poverty.
As the Home Energy Conservation Authority we are committed to tackling and reducing fuel poverty by working in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations. This is why we are endorsing National Energy Action’s (NEA) Fuel Poverty Awareness Day which focuses on reducing the high level of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.
Our Sustainable Development Manager, Robert Clements, explains why we are getting involved:
“Tackling fuel poverty is at the forefront of our work. The Affordable Warmth Scheme, offers a range of energy efficiency measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation to low income households, and the Boiler Replacement Scheme encourages eligible people to replace old, inefficient boilers by awarding a grant. These initiatives, done in collaboration with the Department for Communities and local councils, have helped many people across Northern Ireland.
“Last year we invested over £18m in upgrading over 3,500 heating systems and a further £3m in providing energy efficient windows in the homes of our tenants.
“Earlier this week our Grants staff attended energy awareness training, provided by NEA, so they can guide people on practical and cost effective measures that will help them reduce the amount they spend heating their homes.
“We are delighted to support Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and hope that this encourages those struggling to heat their home to call the free Energy Advice Line on 0800 1422 865.”