All of us
are affected by increases in fuel costs, caused by the unprecedented competition for
fossil fuels. That has pushed gas prices up, and in the UK, high gas prices have helped to
push up the price of electricity too, due to the relatively high proportion of electricity
generated from gas. As we head into winter, it
is crucial that people who are the most vulnerable those on low incomes, with
disabilities, children and elderly people are helped to be able to afford fuel for
heating. The Government is helping people in a
number of ways.
The CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target)
requires energy companies to provide help to people to reduce their energy use
especially those on low incomes. This includes providing people with help to insulate
their homes properly this is in addition to the Warm Front scheme which can help with
insulation and central heating costs if you own your home or rent from a private landlord
for more information, follow the link to Warm Fronts website at the end of
Government has also required energy suppliers to provide energy at affordable prices to
those customers who qualify for the Social
Tariff of lower energy prices,
providing the cheapest available tariff of energy prices.
Tariff is being provided by all of the major energy suppliers. In order to qualify, customers need to be deemed to be vulnerable - that is, people over 60, people with a disability
or suffering from a chronic illness, or families with a child under sixteen and who are on
a low income.
example, Scottish Southern Energy (SSE) offers its most vulnerable customers 20% off their
bills, irrespective of payment method, as well as free insulation and a range of other
energy saving measures. You are a customer of SSE if your provider is Southern Electric,
Scottish Hydro Electric, SWALEC, or Atlantic, and you can contact SSE on 0800 300 111. SSEs energy efficiency line is 0800 072 7201.
supplies Ebico (http://www.ebico.co.uk ) the UKs
only not-for-profit energy supplier. Ebico
offers fairly priced energy for all of its customers, regardless of how they choose to
pay. Because of its ethical approach, I have
chosen Ebico as my own energy supplier.
energy supplier is another company, it is well worth contacting them to ask about their
Social Tariff if you think that you may qualify for the tariff.
Energy Saving Trust : http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
The Home Heat Helpline: http://www.homeheathelpline.org/
Warm Front: http://www.warmfront.co.uk/