This week, to coincide with the launch of their new Energy Assessment service, Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Ltd (BHESCo) have also just released a helpful list of tips to stay warm, dry and save money during this winter cold snap.
The new Energy Assessment service is available for homes and businesses from January 2016 to everyone in Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas with BHESCo also offering FREE assessments to any new members this month. It is especially useful for those struggling to heat their homes and looking to lower their energy costs due to lack of income.
It is a sad fact that in 2016, cold weather is still a killer. With more than 20,000 people dying as a result of cold weather every year in the UK, staying warm and reducing heating costs is a national issue which simply cannot be ignored. In Brighton & Hove, 12% of households (15,000) are living in fuel poverty, which is above average for the South-East. Due to the poor quality of its housing stock, the UK currently has twice as many ‘excess winter deaths’ than in Finland despite it being drastically colder there. Worryingly, it only takes a sudden cold snap to put the lives of so many at further risk. The situation is only likely to get worse as the number of households that receive energy efficiency improvements will reduce from 4.5million down to merely 1 million in the next five years.
So it is thanks to co-operatives like BHESCo who are launching home and business energy initiatives as well as developing alternative energy programmes and funding streams to help everyone in their community to stay warm, save money and save time. It is of particular importance to those in fuel poverty, especially if they have young children or older relatives.
Kayla Ente, Founder and Director of BHESCo, explained: “We are delighted to be launching our new energy assessment service from today which will empower and inform people on how to stay warm and save money. We have worked hard to ensure our service will be affordable and impartial, enabling everyone to receive a complete energy assessment tailored to their circumstances.”
BHESCo’s TOP TEN TIPS FOR KEEPING WARM
- Use a hot water bottle to keep out the chill.
- Close internal doors and turn off radiators in unused rooms.
- Invest in proper draught-proofing products for the doors and windows.
- Seal your skirting boards with silicone sealant, and fit a chimney balloon or umbrella.
- Top off your loft insulation to 250mm.
- Secondary glazing film is inexpensive and an effective way to keep out draughts.
- Draw the curtains at dusk to keep the heat in to prevent losing heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, maybe up a chimney or two, and a whole host of other little holes around the house.
- Try turning your room thermostat down by one degree, every degree that you turn it down could save you around £65 a year on your heating bill.
- Turn the heat down a couple of degrees if you are going to be away from home for a longer period of time.
- Turn everything off! Turning off lights and appliances will save energy and a family could save between £50 and £90 a year just by remembering to turn things off.
These handy top tips have been created as a way of helping people in the Brighton & Hove community and to encourage residents to realise they have the power to keep warm, save money and in the long term, save the planet.
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The co-op are also running a special offer throughout January 2016, any new members who join BHESCo will receive a free energy assessment for their home or business.
To book your Energy Assessment or find out more about becoming a member go to www.bhesco.co.uk/energy-assessment-service or freephone 0800 9996671 (01273 766671).