Rural Energy Champions Project Awareness Session. Introductions. Overview of the Project. X is a new community initiative We are recruiting energy champions from different sectors to promote key energy saving and energy efficiency messages to fuel poor off-gas rural households
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By the end of the session we want you to understand:
“..a fuel poor household is one which
needs to spend more than 10%of
household income to achieve a
satisfactory heatingregime21OC in the
living room and 18OCin other occupied
Fuel Poverty Strategy 2001
Essentially fuel poor households are those living in cold and/or damp homes that they find it difficult to heat
The fuel poverty projections in the chart above are NEA assumptions based on all fuel companies having raised gas prices by 19%
and electricity prices by 10% September 2011. DECC estimate used for 2007 predictions.
High fuel costs
Energy inefficient homes
Don’t heat the home
Heat the home
Any household is at risk of fuel poverty if they cannot afford sufficient fuel for heating, hot water and appliances. Those on low fixed incomes are particularly at risk.
In Britain, a cold spell during a mild winter is followed:
The UK also has a high number of excess winter deaths
Cold homes can be a significant risk to health:
Understanding heating and hot water systems
Element B - Switches on when boost is required only
Standard / Single immersion
Element A - Switches on when timer requests in the evening (on Economy 7)
Severe condensation on windows
Curtains kept closed to retain heat
Mould stains on walls or curtains
Portable bottled gas or electric heaters
Heating controls absent / not working / switched off
Visual evidence that heating appliances are not being used. e.g. dust on heating elements
Large differences in temperatures between rooms
The smell of damp
Cavity Wall Insulation
Energy efficient heating systems
Renewable and Micro generation technologies
Main focus areas are kitchens and bathrooms, so:
Put lids on pans
Dry clothes outdoors
Find an alternative to bottle gas heaters
Install extractor fans (humidistat controlled)/cooker hoods
Open windows (where it is safe to do so)
Close & draught-proof doors
Install trickle vents
Are householders claiming their benefit entitlements?
Accessing benefits can increase incomes and ‘passport’ households into available grant schemes and other services
Using the cheapest fuels for heating, hot water and appliances?
On the cheapest fuel tariffs and payment option?
Using the cheapest suppliers?
Managing fuel debts?
Using heating and hot water controls correctly?
Turning appliances off when not on use?
Using energy efficient lighting and electrical appliances?
The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) is a new programme designed to
reduce Britain’s energy consumption by funding home improvements worth
around £1.3 billion every year.
ECO will place obligations on certain larger domestic energy suppliers. These obligations must be achieved through the promotion of energy efficiency measures to domestic energy users in Great Britain.
The three distinct ECO obligations:
Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO): promotes the installation of solid wall and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation alongside packages of measures (see Chapters 4 and 5).
Carbon Savings Community Obligation (CSCO): promotes the installation of insulating measures and connections to district heating systems in areas of low income and rural areas (see Chapters 4 and 6).
Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO): promotes the installation of measures, including the repair and replacement of boilers, to homes in receipt of certain benefits, to reduce the overall cost of space heating (see Chapters 4 and 7).
Free impartial advice services are available. They can help with:
• finding out if you may be eligible
• explaining the support available
• accessing the support
• more information about the Energy Companies Obligation.
Telephone: 0300 123 1234
Please also see Green Deal for non-eligible ECO households.
Schemes (3) Energy Company Obligation
E.ON (Caring Energy Fund)
Southern (Energy Plus Care)
nPower (first Step Fund)
ScottishPower Energy Peoples Trust
Households may be able to switch fuel suppliers in order to reduce
their energy costs
Things to consider:
U-Switch provides independent advice on fuel switching
Each fuel utility company may have its own version of the register
Following can apply:
Customers of pensionable age
Disabled or chronically sick
Hearing and/or visually impaired
Services may include:
Bills and leaflets in large print and Braille
Use of password
Special controls and adaptors
Annual gas safety check
No winter disconnection
What you can do as a CORE energy champion!
“we are not expecting any champions to be energy experts but rather be able to identify households in need and to signpost them on to specialist energy and other services”
As an energy champion all we want you to do is:
NEA has provided you with 2 simple resources to help:
Both resources will help you to promote the same key messages to rural off-gas households
NEA mentors are you source of support and guidance as an energy champion
All energy champions are expected to keep a simple record of their work – a checklist is provided for you
Record at least 3 key things you plan do to promote messages as part of your day-to-day activity