25 Jul 2012
Hull tenants are set to get one-to-one energy help after a social landlord and an energy company teamed up in an attempt to eradicate fuel poverty.
Social landlord Riverside has appointed a specialist energy adviser for the North Bransholme estate in Lisa Hilton and Eon has committed to fund the position for 12 months.
The new adviser already lives in North Bransholme with her husband and three children and will give tenants advice on how to reduce their bills and save energy as well as helping them to compare tariffs and get value for money.
“My aim is to advise tenants on small changes that could make a big difference to their pockets,” she said.
“I’m going to show our residents how to compare energy tariffs to ensure they’re getting the best deal and help them understand complex fuel bills to make sure they know exactly what they are paying.”
Hilton will also help out with focus groups aimed at assessing the Community Energy Saving Programme and show tenants the importance of monitoring their energy usage so that they can claim money back if they are entitled to.
“Many residents won’t realise that energy companies often rely on estimates to produce their bills so I want to raise awareness of the importance of reading their own meters,” she added.
The Community Energy Saving Programme has helped 1,150 homes on the estate to make energy efficiency enhancements like cavity wall insulation, better loft insulation and draught proofing.
Copyright Press Association 2012