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The Affordable Warmth in Argyll project run by The Argyll, Lomond and Islands (ALI) Energy Agency was provided with £99,996 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help alleviate fuel poverty for families who were spending more than 10% of their income on energy bills.

Almost 6000 households have received fuel poverty advice since the initiative began in 2009 enabling them heat their homes more easily. Households in the area have also been able to access £164,581 in unclaimed benefits they were entitled to.

The Affordable Warmth project encourages people to take action in relation to fuel poverty to obtain affordable warmth for their homes by providing them with energy efficiency advice and assistance to claim additional benefits.

ALI Energy ran the project by working in partnership with schools and community organisations. They hosted road shows, workshops and information events across the region. By reaching out to the community through 38 school workshops, six focused awareness events and numerous road shows in Oban, Bute, Lochgilphead, Dunoon, Mull, Islay, Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Inveraray and Balloch, ALI Energy has ensured its energy efficient advice reached a wide audience.

Project advisors helped residents to maximise their household incomes by providing them with information on benefit and grant schemes they were entitled to. ALI Energy has also improved the overall energy efficiency of participating homes by changing energy usage behaviours and installing energy efficiency measures and tools such as low energy bulbs, insulation and double glazing.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said: “We’re delighted that funding the ScottishPower Energy People Trust provided has made such a positive impact to the residents of Argyll, Lomond and The Islands. 

“Many people in the area who were in fuel poverty with more than 10% of their income being spent on energy usage have been helped to use their energy more efficiently and reduce the amount they spend. It’s also good to know that advice provided has enabled them to access additional benefits they were entitled to.”

Dr. Mandie Currie, Manager of ALI Energy, said:  “We’d like to thank the ScottishPower Energy People Trust for the funding provided to Fuel the Affordable Warmth Project. It has allowed us to reach many households and individuals to help them save money and reduce their energy usage through efficiency measures.

“The advice we provided will aid residents well into the future, allowing them to continue to benefit in the longer term.”

Established in November 2005, the ScottishPower Energy People Trust provides vital funding for charities that help vulnerable people including families with young children, young people and disabled households, who need to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel.

To date, the Trust has awarded over £9 million to 182 projects helping over 1,520,579 people in 1,270,971 households throughout Britain. The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is an independent charity funded by ScottishPower and through voluntary donations from individual supporters. For further information on the Trust, please visit:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011