Big Energy Saving Network (BESN)

Health & Wellbeing

Improving the quality of life of communities by nurturing behaviour change.

Health impacts caused by cold homes include cardiovascular and respiratory problems, diminished resistance to infection, and increased levels of anxiety and social isolation.

We support residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills or cannot keep their home at a sufficient temperature. We aim to reduce the numbers of people living with preventable ill health, and to help reduce energy usage and cut carbon.

PECT is currently delivering a programme of personalised energy saving advice and support as part of the Big Energy Saving Network.

Big Energy Saving Week starts on Monday 20 January 2020. It is a national campaign to help people cut their energy bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.

Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust run Big Energy Saving Week in close collaboration with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.

 

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fuel poverty awareness training

Funded by DEFRA and the Energy Saving Trust, PECT is offering fuel poverty awareness training throughout January, February and March 2020. These short sessions aim to help raise awareness about fuel poverty and are suitable for anyone who has contact with members of the public who may be vulnerable.

Sessions will provide advice about how to spot fuel poverty, how to provide basic advice and also when and where to refer people in need. You can book a stand-alone session or it can be part of an existing team meeting and will take from 30 minutes to one hour depending on the time you have available.

Fuel poverty can be defined as when a household pays more than 10% of its income towards fuel bills. The effects of fuel poverty can be devastating for families with over 50,100 excess winter deaths recorded in England during the winter of 2017/18*. This work hopes to help cut the number of hospital admissions and unnecessary deaths this winter.

Please contact Karen Igho on [email protected] or call 01733 568408 (ext 310) to book a session for your team.

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If you would like to access direct support or would like us to attend your community event and advise your attendees on energy efficiency, please do get in touch. Email [email protected] or call 01733 568408.