DraughtBusters information and help is available online and from Reading Repair Café events
Repair Café is one of the places that you can find out about DraughtBusters
Tony Cowling our lead DraughtBuster said that we have now helped over 200 households in Reading to save energy through draught proofing and by giving advice on how to manage heating systems. The vast majority of this work has been carried out in the homes of the increasing number of people living in fuel poverty in our town. On average our clients save £120 p/a and all of them are now warmer in their homes.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications and External Relations at NEA said: “Fuel poverty is a serious and growing concern. Through the Warm Homes Campaign we hope to improve the life chances of residents who are struggling with their fuel bills and ensure they can stay warm and healthy in their homes this winter.”
Some comments received about the DraughtBusters from the people that we have visited:-
“The DraughtBusters were very helpful, efficient and gave me lots of information/tips to further improve the heating efficiency of my home”
“The guys were friendly and really knew their stuff”
“They helped and advised on a lot of things and have made real improvements”.
“Thanks for this and also for an informative and thought provoking talk, cheers ……” after one of our workshops.
and another “Thank you for sending me the slides. I found your talk very interesting and useful.”
“Your energy advice and draught proofing resulted in us saving 30% on our gas bill comparing 2013/14 with 2014/5 THANKS” Hazel from Reading
Notes for Editors
DraughtBusters are a part of Transition Town Reading – a voluntary group who undertake community projects to reduce environmental impact and dependence on oil. Repair Café is a project run by Transition Town Reading.
National Energy Action is a fuel poverty charity, working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and with sister charity Energy Action Scotland, to ensure that everyone can afford to live in a warm, dry home. NEA runs the Warm Homes Campaign, leading up to Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on 17 February – to raise awareness of fuel poverty and its possible solutions.
Big Energy Saving Week starts on 31 October 2016. It is a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.
The week focuses on raising public awareness of how to switch energy supplier or tariff to get the best deal and make homes energy efficient. This is the sixth Big Energy Saving Week and is a partnership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.
Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns.
Winter Watch can help you by:
- Carrying out a home energy check
- Giving advice on your bills and energy provider
- Telling you about grants to help you insulate your home
- Carrying out minor repairs to stop draughts
- Lending you a heater or dehumidifier.
You can apply for Winter Watch until 31 March by phoning 0118 937 3747.
DraughtBusters supports the scheme by offering practical help with draught proofing. See our flyer below.
It is a Government scheme to help people getting the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit with their winter energy bills. (Other vulnerable people on a low income may also be eligible, but will have to apply to their electricity supplier. See the fact sheet below for more detail.)
If you are eligible you get a one-off discount of £140 on your electricity bill between October and April. The discount won’t affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.
Even better, if you are one of the people getting the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit you don’t actually have to apply for it. If you get your electricity from one of the suppliers that are part of the scheme they will contact you to let you know that they think you are eligible and whether you need to do anything more to get the money.
Read more about the scheme on the GOV.UK web site, or download the fact sheet below.