Presentation on theme: "Identifying and referring residents in fuel poverty and/or at risk of ill- health due to living in a cold home Nigel Farren Energise London CIC."— Presentation transcript:
Identifying and referring residents in fuel poverty and/or at risk of ill- health due to living in a cold home Nigel Farren Energise London CIC
About Energise London Not-for-profit social enterprise establishing community energy initiatives in London’s boroughs: Free, help-line: on energy saving measures, switching and renewables Referrals: to partners for assessments, surveys, funding and installation Training: for health professionals Events: UK Community Energy Awards Supporters of our work include the Energy Minister, Mayor of London and the main stakeholders in the energy industry Improving the energy efficiency of homes, reducing fuel poverty and making renewable energy affordable for all
How your can identify those most at risk - key questions Is your home cold, particularly in winter? Are you struggling to pay your energy bills? Health affected by your living conditions? Financial help is available towards the cost of installing energy saving measures
Warning Signs Struggling to pay energy bills! Cold and draughty home One room kept warm while others are cold Damp patches / mould growth. Smell of damp. No double-glazing No central heating or client uses electric fires Uses prepayment meters Client wears extra clothes / stays in bed to keep warm.
Those most prone Elderly. Terminally-ill Homebound Single parent families Those with respiratory, cardiac and mental problems Image courtesy of npower 500,000 Londoners estimated to be in fuel poverty ( Source: London Cost of Living Report - 298, 241 fuel poor households)
Next steps Inform the resident they may be entitled to financial help with insulation / heating Obtain their contact details and refer them to Energise London or ANO organisation If this isn’t possible, please pass out our details and ask them to ring us. We can then arrange an assessment and advise what help is available.
What we then do Pre – assess their needs Ascertain if they receive benefits Advise what help is available Arrange Green Deal Assessment Surveys Funding Installation
Why should you help? Reduce ill-health and excess winter deaths Reduce energy bills. Your service users could save up to £300pa if they have loft and cavity wall insulation. Reduce NHS costs – GP visits, hospital admissions, medicine subscriptions, etc. Improved service for your customers: free up resources to be redirected elsewhere to help your other service users. Only by working together can we stop vulnerable Londoners getting ill from living in a cold home.
Grants and schemes ECO The Green Deal Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Cashbacks: upto £6,000 for SWI Equity release Increase mortgage Loans Savings
The Energy Company Obligation £1.3 billion support from energy companies to support energy efficiency investment Subsidies for low income and vulnerable households BUT Subsidies for less cost effective measures in hard to treat homes (e.g. solid wall insulation), now reduced HELP AVAILABLE NOW IS SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN LAST YEAR!
The Green Deal Household-specific advice and finance Recommended measures on the basis of the GD Assessment Report ‘Golden Rule’ to ensure savings Approved providers Commercial interest rates Repayment up to 25 years Payments through electricity bill ‘Repayment obligation passes to new owner when house sold Choice of accredited assessors/installers Green Deal code supports quality installation Image courtesy of the Energy Saving Trust
Who can practically help Energy Savings Trust – just information though Councils – only 4 have fuel poverty strategies Other orgs like us – only a handful in London Assessors: they can’t refer to installers Green Deal Providers – which will quote? Installers: trustworthy or cowboys? It’s a minefield out there!
Thank You for listening Nigel Farren, Founder Energise London CIC T: 020 8370 0270 E: email@example.com W: www.energiselondon.org.uk Helping Londoners reduce carbon emissions and save and make energy and money