Struggling to pay your energy bills?

Struggling to pay your energy bills?

Energy and utility bills can be expensive, especially when your heating is on during the cold winter months. If you’re struggling with your fuel bills, we can help you save money. Why not book a free visit from our  Energy Advice Team?

Book a visitMeanwhile, here are some tips to help you save energy (and money) in your home:

  • If you turn down your thermostat by one degree, you can save £85 a year on your heating bill. We recommend your thermostat to be set at between 18C and 21C.
  • With Thames Water freebies, you can save up to £97 per year with a water-efficient showerhead, £16 per year with kitchen swivel taps and £52 per year with a shower-timer.
  • Full draught-proofing can help save £55 annually. If you are experiencing draughts, thick, lined curtains and self-adhesive foam strips can help prevent draughts getting through.
  • Turning off appliances instead of keeping them on ‘standby’ can help save £50 a year.
  • Placing a lid on the pan while cooking can help save up to £40 a year. This can help prevent moisture escaping and help save energy.
  • LED lightbulbs can help save £10 per year per lightbulb. By turning off the lights you could save £19 per year.
Bishop Creighton – Safer Homes For Adults Scheme

Bishop Creighton – Safer Homes For Adults Scheme

Home Safety

We offer free home safety assessments and fire safety checks to minimise the risk of an accident at home.  If any work is necessary to minimise the risk of a home accident this can be completed for a fee of £10 (free to those receiving means tested benefits).  This service is for people aged 65 or over and those with a disability or vulnerability who live in H&F.

Home Security

We offer free home security assessments.  If any additional security equipment is needed to make your home more secure we can supply and fit this for a fee of £10 (free to those receiving means tested benefits).  This service is for people aged 65 or over, those with a disability or vulnerability and victims of hate crime, burglary and domestic violence who live in H&F.

Small Jobs

We can provide a skilled carpenter to carry out jobs such as fitting door and window locks, putting up shelves, building flat packed furniture and hanging doors.  The cost is £50 per hour (inclusive of VAT and parking) plus the cost of materials. There is a minimum charge of 1 hour. A discount is given to people receiving a means tested benefit. This service is available to all H&F residents.

Draught Proofing

Safer Homes can provide and install draught proofing.  This service is available to all H&F residents. The cost to draught proof a door is £5 – £15 and £5 for each window.  A 50% discount is given to those receiving means tested benefits.

Contact Caecilia or Tony at Safer Homes, 020 7385 9689, saferhomes@creightonhouse.org

 

Universal Credit: much more to be done

Universal Credit: much more to be done

Brendan Sarsfield_CEO

Changes are needed if Universal Credit is to work, says Brendan Sarsfield, Peabody’s CEO.An effective benefits system should help people into work and protect people from poverty.

Errors in the Universal Credit system, as well as serious flaws in its design, mean that it is failing on both counts.

While adjustments announced by Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, may be a step in the right direction much more remains to be done. This will take money and further policy revisions. There is now clear evidence about what these problems are and I believe that these are the top five changes needed:

  • Invest time in removing errors
  • Reduce the five-week wait at the start of a claim to two weeks
  • Reverse cuts to disability benefits
  • Automatically transfer claimants to the new system
  • Halt sanctions for vulnerable groups

Read more about Brendan’s views in today’s article in The Timese Universal Credit go nowhere near far enough