Trust helps customers stay warm for less this winter
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Bill Payments
Staff from the advice team
Halton Housing Trust customers have saved over £26,000 after learning how to keep their homes warm for less.
Staff visited 156 homes this winter, advising customers how to become more energy efficient and saving them an average of £171 a year. Many staff volunteered their own time to visit customers on top of their regular jobs.
Due to rising fuel costs, many families in Halton struggle to keep warm over the winter months. The Welfare Benefit Advice team says people will see huge benefits if they make small changes to their heating and billing habits.
Lowering a thermostat by 1 degree can shave £50 per year off heating bills alone, whilst switching to energy efficient light bulbs reduces costs by £25. Even opting to receive paperless billing lowers bills by a massive £187 and changing to better energy tariffs can save people at least £20 every year.
Mr and Mrs Goulden of Brunner Road in Widnes also won £250 after they were entered into an affordable warmth prize draw. All 156 customers who booked a home visit were entered, with others winning kettles and gas vouchers.
Jonathan Horsfall the Trust’s Housing Support Manager said: “It’s fantastic to see that so many of our customers have saved money and are enjoying warmer homes this winter. Affordable warmth is one of the Trust’s top priorities and I’d encourage them to contact us if they need advice.”