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Keep warm, cut bills and CO2

November 25, 2009

More than 13,000 residents of Chatham and Gillingham live in “fuel poor” households, spending over 10% of their income on heating bills. With energy prices on the rise again and increasing local unemployment, it is a situation that looks set to get worse. Already 17.6% of households in Gillingham are classified as ‘fuel poor’ , one of the worst constituencies in the South East.

People in this situation are often eligible for grants or save-while-you-pay schemes that will drastically cut fuel bills through greater insulation and efficiency. However few people seem to know about the opportunities or get round to applying so the grants go unclaimed.

Tipping Point will work with local people to research grants and schemes available in the area and provide opportunities for people to work together, not only to apply for these grants but to share best practise on keeping warm on a budget this winter while cutting energy use and emissions. We’re also putting together displays and information in the store about cost effective energy saving hints and tips.

 

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