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Two Rivers Housing helps tenants cut their fuel bills

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Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Bill Payments and also in Housing

Mary Paddon is keeping her fuel bills down by using radiator panels Mary Paddon is keeping her fuel bills down by using radiator panels

A Newent-based housing association is working with a local energy agency to help its tenants reduce their household fuel bills.

The Severn and Wye Energy Agency (SWEA) has started a trial with 50 Two Rivers’ households to see how much energy they use and then suggest ways to reduce it to save them money.

This is one of a number of initiatives Two Rivers Housing has held in a bid to help its tenants reduce their energy bills. The not-for-profit association has invested heavily in improvements to its existing homes by, for example, improving insulation and installing modern heating systems, and all new houses are built with features designed to keep running costs down, as well as limiting the damage to our planet.

The trial includes a cross-section of tenants, including young families and elderly people living alone, new and old properties.

SWEA will look at the tenants’ homes and behaviours over a three to four month period.  Along with phone calls and email contact, there will also be personal visits where they may give suggestions in how they could change their behaviour or provide them with energy-saving devices.  Tips might include using their heating system properly, fitting energy-saving light bulbs and radiator panels, or simply not over-filling the kettle when making a cup of tea!

Mary Paddon, from Coleford is among the first tenants to get involved.  She said: “I was surprised by all the energy-saving devices you could get, such as the ‘save-a-flush’ bag and radiator panels.  I’ve learnt which of my habits I need to change to save me money.”

Barry Thompson, Director of Resources at Two Rivers Housing said: “With the increased cost of living and energy prices soaring, household budgets are under growing pressure and we are doing what we can to help our tenants cope.”

“We want to provide homes that people can rent, buy and run.  Our new properties are built to be energy-efficient and we are doing what we can to improve the efficiency of our existing homes, but if people can change their behaviours and use energy-saving devices, such as those suggested by the Severn and Wye Energy Agency, they could see their fuels bills reduce by up to 25%.”

If the trial proves successful, Two Rivers will be rolling it out to more of our tenants to help them put more money back in their pockets.

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