Warmth and energy efficiency, Northumberland

Warmth and energy efficiency (Extract from the Golden Guide Northumberland, 2018)   

Running a home efficiently sometimes needs a little help. Here are some schemes and contacts to help make sure your home is warm and energy efficiency is as high as possible.

 

Community Action Northumberland              

01670 517178

www.ca-north.org.uk

  • Oil CAN scheme. Countywide bulk-buying scheme for heating oil, calor gas and coal. The joint buying power achieves greater savings for customers.
  • Warm Hub scheme, Lunch Club Plus, 01289 304141

There are hubs across the county where you can have lunch and get advice on energy efficiency and other issues at the same time. They are all different, so ring for details on a hub in your area.

                                                                 

Energy Saving Advice Service

0300 123 1234

www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

Impartial advice and information to help save energy and reduce fuel bills. They can send you a list of accredited installers. Also referral to ECO funding schemes for energy improvements.

 

Infrastructure North

www.infrastructurenorth.co.uk

Online information on fuel poverty, gas, water and electricity safety, and priority support for older or vulnerable people if their power or water supply is interrupted. Tips on keeping utility bills low, on using electricity and gas safely and staying safe around water. For priority support services, contact individual members of the group as below.

  • Northern Powergrid, 0800 66 88 77 (24 hours)

          or call 105 to report a power cut

            www.northernpowergrid.com

 

  • Northern Gas Networks, 0800 111 999 if you smell gas

         0800 040 7766 (option 3) Customer Care Team

            www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk

           

  • Northumbrian Water, 0800 393 084 to report a leak or flood

         0345 717 1100 General Enquiries and Priority Services scheme

            www.nwl.co.uk                   

See also Infrastructure North feature on pages 50-53.

 

Warm Zones    

0191 605 3279                               

www.warmzones.co.uk 

Practical advice on improving the warmth of your home and increasing energy efficiency. Grants for free insulation and boiler replacement if you are eligible, also free benefits advice. If you have cancer or some experience of cancer and are on a low income you may be eligible for free heating repairs or replacements. Ring for details.

 

Winter Fuel and Claim Helpline

0345 915 1515 

0345 606 0285 textphone

www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment-helpline

For anyone of qualifying age. If you are on a State Pension or certain benefits you are paid automatically, otherwise you must claim.

For winter 2017-18 your birthday must be on or before 5 August 1953.

For winter 2018-19 your birthday must be on or before 5 November 1953.

 

For more on home and community topics, including home adaptations, Disabled Facilities Grant, home security, domestic violence  see pages 46-63 in the Golden Guide Northumberland 2018 and pages 44-55 in the Golden Guide Newcastle & North Tyneside 2017.