Being in ‘Fuel Poverty’ means that it is not possible to keep reasonably warm at home at a cost that can be afforded.
Being cold at home is bad for a person’s health and wellbeing. Not being able to afford the costs of fuel such as electricity or gas, coal or oil or bottled gas, can be worrying and distressing.
The causes of fuel poverty are a combination of not enough money, a house or flat that is hard to heat and keep warm, and the price of fuel.
There are many people in fuel poverty in the Wadebridge area – much of the housing is poorly insulated and mains gas, the cheapest form of heating, is not available to many parts of the town and in many of the surrounding villages. Although Wadebridge has a reputation for being a well-off town there are many people on low incomes or on benefits that do not properly meet the costs of necessities such as rent, food, and heat.
WREN can help in a number of ways, so come into the Energy Shop where you can talk to us in confidence about the difficulties in keeping warm or paying your fuel bills.
- We’ll make some suggestions for you and help you follow them up if you would like us to. We may be able to help you get your house better insulated – this means you will keep warmer but use less fuel.
- We can help you find the cheapest source of gas, electricity or oil.
- We can help you switch gas or electricity tariff or supplier if you would like to get a better deal.
- We can help you to link in to organisations who can provide emergency help, including the Foodbank to lessen your food costs for a while.
- We can help link you in to organisations who can check that you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to.
The service we provide is friendly, free, confidential and non-judgemental.