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Heating your home

If you live in Fife and are struggling to heat your home, the free Cosy Kingdom energy advice service can help you and your family keep warm and save money.

Many of the homes in Fife leak heat and heating systems can be inefficient or hard to control. Add to that rising gas and electricity costs, and trying to keep your home warm can be a worry.

Cosy Kingdom is there to help! This free and impartial service is open to all tenants and homeowners and has already helped over 3,000 Fifers – why not join them?  See contacts below for how to get in touch:

 

 

To request a Cosy Kingdom, free home energy visit, please complete the attached "Do it On-line" e-form:  Cosy Kingdom Referral Form .

 

 

Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: National Schemes

The Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: National Schemes provide measures to support those likely to have difficulty paying their fuel bills or keeping their home sufficiently warm.  You can find out more about these schemes on their website.

Home Energy Scotland also provides advice on the following:

  • How to efficiently heat your home
  • Benefits and tax credit check
  • Assessment for credit towards electricity costs (Warm Homes discount)
  • Schemes to help install insulation and heating in your home
  • Debt and income maximisation advice
  • Advice from your supplier

The Energy Saving Trust manages delivery of the Scottish Government’s schemes through the Home Energy Scotland hotline on behalf of the Scottish Government. To find out what they can offer you, telephone the hotline on 0808 808 2282 or visit the Home Energy Scotland website.

Remember YOU can also help reduce your energy bills too - here is a list of Energy tips for in and around the home.

Keeping Warm

  • Aim for 21°C (70°F) in your main living area (23°C if vulnerable) and 18°C (65°F) elsewhere
  • Covering radiators, vents or heaters with furniture, curtains or other items can restrict the heat and is dangerous
  • Regular servicing and cleaning helps keep a heating system efficient. If a system is old (over 15 years) consider replacing it
  • Use your heating controls: thermostats (boiler and room), thermostatic radiator valves, programmers/clocks, input/output/boost controls on storage heaters. The hot water tank thermostat should be set at 60°C (140°F)
  • Switch your heating off in summer
  • Wearing a number of layers of thin clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer
  • Don't use an oven to heat the kitchen
  • Insulate - Up to 33% of heat can be lost through un-insulated walls, up to 25% can be lost through an un-insulated roof/loft, and up to 20% can be lost through ventilation and draughts

Running Water

  • Showers use only two-fifths of the hot water needed for a bath
  • Overfilling a bath can waste hot water

Lighting

  • Use energy efficient bulbs
  • If leaving a room for more than 10 mins, turn the lights off

Equipment

  • Buy efficient - most electrical appliances on sale now display how energy efficient they are
  • Equipment left on stand by is still using electricity - switch them off at the plug
  • A fridge/freezer sited next to a heat source will have to work harder to keep cool

 

Switching

Our Power Energy, set up by Scottish social housing providers (including Fife Council), is commited to making energy costs fairer, however you choose to pay. They offer one tariff, whether you choose to pay as you go or prefer Direct Debit payments.

They install smart meters that show how much energy you're using, and offer pay-as-you-go customer 'friendly credit', which means they'll keep your supply going even if you're unable to top up during evenings and weekends.

To find out more about switching visit www.our-power.co.uk/sign-up

If you'd like to know more about Our Power Energy, tariffs and services,

go to www.our-power.co.uk,

call 0808 168 4534

or email customerservice@our-power.co.uk


Libby McWilliams, Lead Officer - Poverty & Fuel Poverty 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 45 06 77 Contact Libby McWilliams online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

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