Partnership saves thousands on energy bills
Published by Rebecca Mills for Longhurst Group in Bill Payments and also in Housing
A year-long project run in partnership between Spire Homes and Energy Action Rutland has resulted in savings of nearly £13,000 on energy bills for 55 Spire households.
Since March 2013, the Spire households identified as being at risk of fuel poverty have been visited by Energy Action Rutland to help them cut their fuel bills. From changing supplier, checking their tariff, to providing ‘warm home packs’ and access to grants, the 55 households have saved an average of £236 on their energy bills.
As part of the savings provided, over £6,400 worth of grants was awarded to 39 households to reduce fuel poverty. Grants of £150 were received from Rutland County Council on behalf of the Department of Health and Department of Energy and Climate Change towards bills, and 6 household received a £250 grant to reduce debt, in most cases this meant they could reduce their debt enough to switch to a cheaper supplier or meter type.
Energy monitors were also lent to some residents, resulting in an average reduction in electricity use of 5%.
“Working with Energy Action Rutland has proved to be a really beneficial project for our tenants”, said John Farrar, Chairman of Spire Homes. “From switching energy providers and tariffs alone, there was an average saving of £138.65. We will be continuing to help the Spire households we have identified that could benefit from this kind of support later on in the year.”