Warmer Homes Stafford is a partnership between Stafford Borough Council and Marches Energy Agency to help the residents of the Borough get access to funding, advice and information about improving the energy efficiency of your home, reducing your fuel bills and keeping warm.
If you would like more information on any of these topics you should ring the Warmer Homes Stafford Helpline on 0800 677 1785 or visit the website www.warmerhomesstafford.org.uk.
Other information you might find useful:-
Advice on debt, benefits and switching fuel tariffs
The community bulk oil buying scheme
Concerns about rented properties
Tips to keep warm and reduce fuel bills this winter
Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent
Everyone can access free, impartial and confidential advice by contacting the Citizens Advice Bureau Freephone 08444 111 444.
This not-for-profit community project aims to, through the power of group buying, negotiate with the fuel companies for a lower price for home energy deals for gas and electricity. If you want to know more about the scheme, please visit the Cheaper Energy Together Website.
The Community Council of Staffordshire may be able to help you to reduce the cost of heating your home with their Community Bulk Oil Buying Scheme. The idea of the scheme is that the Community Council will negotiate the best price on your oil by grouping together orders from other individuals and businesses. If you want to know more about the scheme, please visit the Community Council's website.
If you are concerned about the warmth levels in a property that you rent, it is best to first speak with your landlord to see what you can agree. The Government is planning to make it illegal in the future for landlords to rent out energy inefficient properties that are very cold and therefore you may find that your landlord is keen to improve the property, particularly if you can access any of the free, discounted offers or works at no upfront cost. If your landlord is unwilling to improve the property, then you may want to call the Housing Standards Team at Stafford Borough Council on 01785 619000 for advice.
There are a wealth of hints and tips about keeping warm at winter and how to reduce your fuel bills available at the Save Your Energy Stafford Area website
The Council has produced a Statement of Intent setting out how it proposes to use the Flexible Eligibility element of the Energy Company Obligation to support and assist fuel poor households and those at risk from cold homes.
Please read the Statement of Intent (pdf 465kb)