Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2021

Published: 03 Dec 2021

Living in Fuel Poverty means that you can’t afford to adequately heat and power your home. There are almost 30,000 fuel poor households in West Sussex.

Many of us will see an increase in our energy bills this winter due to a rise in the wholesale cost of gas which is used to heat homes and generate some of our electricity.

Fuel poverty is driven by 3 main factors:

  1. Household income
  2. The cost of energy
  3. How energy efficient the home is

Living in Fuel Poverty means that you can’t afford to adequately heat and power your home. Although it’s difficult to influence the price we pay for our energy, we can make our home more energy efficient, and so cut costs  as well as reduce our carbon footprint.

Advice and support sourcing grants and funding is available to help make your home more energy efficient and cut costs.

Here are some options that may help:

  1. Visit the West Sussex Affordable Energy website or call 01243 974063 (Monday to Friday 10am- 4pm) to get FREE tailor-made home energy advice on heating and insulation grants and other support.
  2. The Energy Saving Trust website includes Top Tips to help you make your home more energy efficient.
  3. Simple Energy Advice is a national support site that provides free advice on energy efficiency and national grants that are available to help make your home greener and help to keep you warm this winter.
  4. Residents who are on a low income and vulnerable to the cold could also be eligible for support through the council-endorsed Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) scheme.  You could qualify for a free home visit, energy saving advice and energy saving measures, such as LED light bulbs and draft proofing.