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Helping fight fuel poverty

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Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Education, Environment, Housing

As temperatures continue to plummet and costs rise, social landlord Riverside is helping tenants keep warm and well, advising on the best deals for fuel and tips on insulating homes.

Since last April, affordable warmth advisors in Merseyside and Cheshire have visited over 300 homes, saving tenants almost £100,000 on their fuel bills. 

Emily Hoyle is strategic affordable warmth officer at Riverside.  She said:  “We distributed almost 2,000 free winter warmer packs for older people across Merseyside and Cheshire, to support the vulnerable throughout the coldest months.  The packs provided fleece blankets, thermal mugs, hand warmers, thermal socks and hot water bottles.  They have been really well received.  But we may not have got through the worst of the cold weather yet, so we are continuing to carry out home visits to advise tenants on keeping warm, while saving money and energy.”

As part of its affordable warmth programme, Riverside is planning  a pilot scheme to recruit tenants as affordable warmth champions in Bootle. 

Emily added:  “We will be providing training for volunteers who wish to help their friends and neighbours with cost and energy savings in the home.  Our tenants are best placed to spread the word on how to get help keeping warm and well.”

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