British Gas and So Energy commit to Effective Energy Group's Fuel Poverty Scheme
A new scheme that local authorities can invest their Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LADs) and Home Upgrade Grant Scheme (HUGs) budgets in has received backing from British Gas and So Energy.
Developed by Nottinghamshire-based, Effective Energy Group, Help4Homes goes further than some Government-led schemes that focus solely on energy reduction, and provides energy saving advice, free heating, insulation and white goods, and an income maximisation service for low-income and vulnerable households struggling to pay their energy bills.
Since going live at the end of 2021 with an initial £500k of funding, the response to Help4Homes has been overwhelmingly positive and it has already provided support for 1,500 households in England and Wales, delivering everything from energy reduction measures through to significant increases in household incomes – in some case up to £3,000 a year.
Neil Marshall, director of external affairs at Effective Energy Group, said: “Help4Homes is the ideal vehicle for local authorities looking to put their LADs, HUGs and local budgets to use in a manner that will make a huge difference to households that need it the most.”
Simon Oscroft, Co-Founder at So Energy added: “Help4Homes will only grow in its importance this year, particularly now that the energy price rise has hit home and bills have increased for millions of households. At So Energy we have always looked to do right by our customers, going above and beyond to help those most in need, so we’re delighted to support Help4Homes during this time.”