News story published on 20 January 2016
Thanks to Peterborough Environment City Trust’s (PECT) Warm Homes Peterborough project, funded by The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, over a hundred of our tenants have received tailored advice about the energy market.
Those 69 households that switched during their visit saved an average of £127, with 94% eligible for the £140 Warm Home Discount, saving an average of £257 per household so far for those that switched.
Tenants were paying almost a thousand pounds on energy bills a year*. We've been working with the charity PECT to help tenants reduce these energy bills and put money back into the local economy.
Mrs Withers from Orton Goldhay will save around £380 over the coming year thanks to her visit from a trained advisor. Mrs Withers said:
“Our gas and electric spending had been on the rise for some time, and when the letter from Cross Keys Homes arrived about the service provided by PECT we thought why not give it a try?
“Prior to the visit we hadn’t been fully aware of how expensive an ‘Economy 7’ electric meter can be if you use the vast majority of your electric in the day time, and didn’t know about the £140 Warm Home Discount that we are eligible to receive.”
PECT has been able to help our tenants understand their fuel bills and inform them how they can make savings over the winter period and will continue until the summer 2016.
In addition the service has helped tenants apply for the National Warm Home Discount, which over three quarters of households were eligible for, yet only a few knew about it. The discount can be claimed by anybody who meets the relevant criteria.
Cherie Titchener, Tenant Sustainability Manager at Cross Keys Homes, said:
“It’s great to see that we are making such a difference. Some of our tenants really could use the extra money, with the economic climate as it is the project really does help to feed money back into the local economy”.
“This project has been such a success so far and we hope together with PECT to continue to reach many more of our tenants.”
Overall the service has received excellent reviews, achieving a 100% customer satisfaction rating, while 59% of households reported feeling more confident in being able to afford their energy bills.
Laura Fanthorpe, Marketing and Communications Manager at PECT added: “It’s been fantastic working with Cross Keys Homes to deliver a project that helps the people involved andworks towards a greener Peterborough. Mrs Withers is just one example of how we can help residents across the city and we look forward to seeing more of these fantastic results as the project continues.”
This project isn’t just available to our tenants, if you think you might be paying more than you should, or perhaps you think you might be entitled to the Warm Home Discount, than contact PECT on 01733 866440 or visit the website at www.pect.org.uk.
*From an average of 96 visits.