Nottingham City Council and partners provided advice on how local people can make energy savings as part of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday 17 February.
Over 12% of Nottingham’s households are classed as being in fuel poverty, with the City Council and local partners working hard to tackle this. The nationwide day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the heating and insulation problems faced by low-income households and options available to address them.
Recent Government statistics show that Nottingham is making headway when it comes to tackling the city’s cold and hard-to-heat homes. Out of all the core cities - the largest cities in the UK outside London – Nottingham has had the second highest reduction in homes classed as in fuel poverty with only Birmingham having a better performance with a 6% reduction compared to Nottingham’s 5.8%.
Much of this reduction has been due to the large cross-city energy efficiency scheme – Greener HousiNG - that the City Council has delivered with Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham Energy Partnership. To fund these schemes, Nottingham City Council secured one of the highest shares of Government funding of all UK councils. Over 2,500 private homes and 4,200 social houses have been insulated in the city, as well as fitting solar panels to provide free electricity to 4,000 NCH tenants.
Robin Hood Energy was also set up by the City Council in 2015 to tackle fuel poverty. As a not-for-profit company it can provide low-cost energy and a special tariff is available to anyone living within the Nottingham city boundary.
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646511