Helping fight fuel poverty

Helping fight fuel poverty

5th November 2017 62 By Rachael Stray

I’ve recently joined the fight against fuel poverty. Millions of households are struggling to keep their home warm, damp and mould-free with rising fuel costs.

To tackle these problems and fight fuel poverty National Energy Action (NEA) run a three-day course leading to the NEA/City & Guilds 6281-01 Level 3 Award in Energy Awareness.

I’ve recently completed the course and thankfully passed.

The aim of the course is to be able to advise people on how to use heating controls effectively, understand fuel usage and to keep their home warmer.

I’m now happy to say I’m confident I can do this.

After completing this course I understand where heat loss occurs in different properties, measures to tackle this and how to keep the heat in as well as what fuel poverty is.

This knowledge is fantastic and I’m already passing it on through work and to friends and family to help them too.

I’ve lived in a very cold, draughty student house which suffered with dampness, condensation and manky mould.

If only I’d known how to keep the house warm, cut down condensation and get rid of the dampness it would’ve made my final year at uni a lot easier.

When I lived in lovely Lincolnshire I struggled to heat my flat in the city centre because I didn’t understand the controls on the electric storage heaters. But now I know what the input and output controls do.

Every time I’ve moved house I’ve had to get to grips with a different type of meter for my gas and electricity and it isn’t always easy to read them. I now know how to identify different meters and how to take accurate readings.

Being able to provide accurate meter readings to your supplier puts an end to estimated bills which can cause havoc for people – especially during the colder months when you’re using more fuel to keep warm.

The course is intense because there’s a lot to learn but it’s all really relevant and useful.
I’m keeping the accompanying Energy Advice in the Home tenth edition booklet close by for future reference, as it’s a fantastic resource.

Energy Advice in the Home booklet

Energy Advice in the Home booklet which accompanies the course.

Although I’m not a front-line adviser the knowledge I’ve gained is useful not only for work but in a personal capacity too.

I’d absolutely recommend this course to anyone who is working with clients who struggle with their fuel bills, keeping warm and the variety of issues that come with living in a cold, damp and mouldy home.

Once you’ve completed the course you’ll be armed with the knowledge to be able to make a difference to people living in fuel poverty.

The Macmillan Energy Advice Team also completed the course which I’ve discussed in a previous blog. 

Other related posts:

Here’s 10 tips to keep your home cool in summer

If you’re worried about your energy bills I’ve got a post packed full of useful information.

Here’s 10 tips to tackle condensation in your home

Here’s 10 tips to stay warm at home this winter

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