With rising utility bills and the advent of cold weather, The Rainy Day Trust has created a new assistance package. The industry charity asks housewares suppliers and retailers to encourage colleagues to get in touch if they need help this winter.
The new campaign will complement The Rainy Day Trust’s annual winter fuel aid programme but will take a proactive approach and focus on providing help and advice on ways to reduce energy usage, with the aim of preventing people from getting bogged down with bills they cannot pay.
“For the past few weeks, the news has been full of articles about spiralling gas prices and the impact that they will have on the domestic gas market,” states The Rainy Day Trust’s ceo Bryan Clover. “The price increases to consumers won’t be limited to gas, as a great deal of our electricity is generated by gas-fired power stations. While our regular financial support to people that are struggling will remain in place – and we can award grants to help with utility bills – that is really only a sticking plaster on an open wound, as the same problem will re-appear again and again, while this situation persists.
“What people need is a longer-term solution that helps them to reduce energy usage and therefore, keep energy bills lower permanently. The additional benefit of course, is that by using less energy, you also reduce your carbon footprint, which helps us to hit our own ESG commitment. So, we have developed an assistance package designed to do just that.”
The Trust will help candidates reduce their energy bills in various ways, including:
- Offering useful tips and hints on how to be more energy efficient.
- Supplying a box of new LED lightbulbs, which will reduce energy use by about 40% against a low-energy bulb and over 80% compared to a halogen bulb, saving up to £3 per bulb per year.
- Supplying a pack of radiator reflectors to be placed behind radiators and reflect heat back into the room, thus reducing heating costs, as the room maintains its temperature more easily.
- Supply new eco shower heads, which reduce water flow and the energy required to heat water.
- Where appropriate, supply a SMART Thermostat, to give householders the ability to accurately control their heating especially while out of the house.
- Where new appliances are needed, provide the most efficient energy-rated product possible within budgetary limitations.
The Trust has also made a poster detailing the new package, which is now available on request for companies to display in the workplace. The charity is also seeking corporate partners to help, for example, with supplies of energy efficient home appliances. To find out how you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The RDT’s usual eligibility criteria will apply to this support package. To contact the charity for support, call 0800 9154627 or email via the RDT website https://www.rainydaytrust.org.uk/contact-us/
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