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Involve Northwest, based in Wirral, is bringing energy awareness straight to the door of local residents in a bid to lift them out of fuel poverty.

The ‘Energy Awareness To Your Door’ campaign, run by the registered charity, received £46,375 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help raise awareness about healthier, warmer homes and lower fuel bills.

Over 3,000 households and 810 individuals have been helped to date and have been provided with information and advice relating to fuel poverty since the initiative began in November 2010. This assistance has enabled them to improve the energy efficiency of their homes resulting in more affordable energy bills and warmer households.

The on-going campaign has provided energy efficiency and income maximisation information through community drop-in surgeries, local events and home visits to help residents recognise and reduce fuel poverty. In addition, the Involve Northwest advice centre in Tranmere offers tailored advice services as well as Internet access to allow residents to seek the best energy rates online.

Since the beginning of the project energy advice has helped alleviate £30,000 of utility bill debt for residents and saved local people money by assisting them to switch suppliers, helping them to reduce fuel costs and maximise their incomes.

Working with Wirral Partnership Homes and Wirral Council, Involve Northwest has identified “hot spots” in the borough identified as most at risk of fuel poverty. The organisation will target these areas and continue to bring tailored energy awareness straight to local doorsteps to help reduce fuel bills.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said:

“We are very pleased that the funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust is bringing energy advice to the doors of local residents most at risk of fuel poverty.

“Many of the households helped were in fuel poverty when more than 10% of their income was being spent on energy usage. The work of Involve Northwest will continue to provide information about fuel efficiency and reiterate the importance of warm homes while ensuring that information reaches those who are most susceptible to fuel poverty.

Paul Ellis, Quality Officer at Involve Northwest, said:

“ScottishPower Energy People Trust funding is enabling us to help local residents struggling with fuel poverty to receive valuable information that is reducing fuel bills and helping them to achieve energy efficiency.

“We are committed to offering essential energy information to local residents through informative and interactive community events and tailored home visits. The second phase of our ‘door knocking’ campaign has commenced with the help of local housing officers offering energy advice to residents on their doorstep. We encourage all local residents to be pro-active about fuel efficiency measures and use the free service provided.”

Over the coming months, Involve Northwest will offer energy efficiency information at a number of events such as the Queen’s Jubilee event on June 8, 2012 in Victoria Park, Tranmere where people can gain valuable information about energy efficiency and how to reduce fuel poverty.

To date, the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has awarded more than £9.4million to 185 projects helping over 1,528,841 people in 1,276,021households throughout Britain.

Friday, March 02, 2012