On National Fuel Poverty Day, Friday 15 February, Eastleigh Borough Council re-affirms its commitment to helping residents' tackle their energy needs by providing advice, support and competitively priced gas and electricity.
National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is recognised nationally to highlight the problems faced by those struggling to keep warm in their homes and the work being undertaken to tackle the issue.
In the Borough of Eastleigh, an estimated 4,300 households are in fuel poverty, which is 7.8% of all households. Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of low household income, inefficient housing and high energy costs. It can have serious impacts on the quality of life of those living in cold homes and affect their mental and physical health.
Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Rupert Kyrle said, “As the weather turns colder some vulnerable individuals and families will struggle to keep their homes warm and can lead to serious health problems. We will continue to work with our partners on a number of projects to support those households most in need."
The Council has been working with energy switching service Energylinx, to help residents switch their energy supplier by making it easier to find the best deal. Switching supplier will not only save them money but also helps to support someone in the Borough. For each switch Energylinx provides cashback that is reinvested into making homes more energy efficient for those in need. To switch your energy supplier
The Council also works in partnership with the Hitting the Cold Spots team at the Environment Centre in Southampton who offer advice on the grants available and ways to reduce your energy bills while keeping your home warm and healthy. The Environment Centre can offer some of the most vulnerable households in Eastleigh between £300-£500 alongside other grants towards emergency boiler replacements or home insulation.
Learn more about the scheme.