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Energy Matters Project


Alice Lister, the Energy Matters Project Officer, tells us more about her role working with Peterborough communities.

Fuel poverty isn’t something people often talk about, but why would they when very few people know what it is? The basic definition of fuel poverty is when someone cannot afford to adequately heat their home to a comfortable temperature (somewhere between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius).

Luckily the number of people classified as “fuel poor” remains to be a minority, yet having visited over 100 houses so far in Peterborough, energy bills appear to be a concern for the majority – especially with winter on its way.

I have learned a lot so far during my time as an Energy Matters Project Officer, and am pleased to say I’ve been able to help a large number of people. Bills can seem confusing, but now I can confidently lead people through their energy bills and explain what they mean. This makes tariff comparisons far easier, so residents can understand what they are paying for and be aware of any potential savings they could make.

Sometimes switching tariffs is a little daunting, so it’s nice for people to have a helping hand when deciding what to do. I find myself now recommending to family and friends to get themselves online and look out for the best deals!

Although my project is running for six months, it is not the first (nor will it be the last) fuel poverty project that Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has run. It really is brilliant to see dedication to a good cause, since after all, these projects benefit not just the environment but people too.

I am aiming to have boosted awareness of fuel poverty by the end of my project, as well as the knowledge that we’re here to help. So with some hard work and my fingers crossed, let this winter be a manageable one for everyone in Peterborough!

If you’d like to find out how the Energy Matters project could help you, call Alice on 01733 882540, email [email protected] or visit