whg shared a soup with customers in Bloxwich as it showed its support for the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming.
The leading Midlands’ landlord hosted the event at Woodall House on 5th February to showcase to customers the ways in which they can save money on their energy bills.
The event coincided with the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming – an annual event organised by National Energy Action to highlight the pressing issue of fuel poverty and the importance of ensuring vulnerable people have access to a warm, dry, safe home.
As part of the event whg’s health team visited customers to hand out flasks of soup and chat about a local energy advice service called LEAP. Around 40 colleagues from whg have been trained to make referrals through the scheme, with eligible households receiving free energy efficiency measures such as low energy light bulbs, draft excluders and hot water tank jackets.
Paul Dockerill, Director of Energy and Programme Management, said: “All households should be able to live in homes which are warm and affordable to heat.
“whg provides a range of support to help our customers with their energy bills. This includes helping consumers understand their energy use, cut their bills, help reduce carbon emissions and get the financial support they are entitled to.”
whg runs a number of initiatives to support those at risk of fuel poverty. These include teaming up with energy efficiency specialists AgilityEco to successfully bid for £2.85m from the National Grid’s £150 million Warm Homes Fund. This money is being used to deliver the ‘Connected for Warmth’ scheme which will provide 1000 fully-funded ‘first time’ gas central heating systems and gas connections for fuel poor homes that are struggling with the cost of staying warm.
Customers can also benefit from a competitive fuel tariff called FuelGood, thanks to a partnership between whg and Octopus Energy.
Woodall House and Hamilton House are currently undergoing £3.2m of improvements to help keep homes warmer and reduce customer’s fuel bills. This includes external wall insulation, new windows and doors and a new heating system.
whg customers can find out more about how to save money on their energy bills by calling 0300 555 6666.
To find out more about the Connected for Warmth scheme visit www.connectedforwarmth.org.uk or call free on 0800 029 4547.