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Energy advisors hit the road in East Sussex

Towns across East Sussex are to be visited by an electric van, staffed by advisors helping residents cut energy bills and tackle fuel poverty.

From Press releases - 13 November 2019 12:00 AM

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Energise Sussex Coast was awarded £15,000 by UK Power Networks to fund on-the-road experts working with people in vulnerable circumstances, who need help to lower their bills.

Events will run each fortnight for the next year across housing estates in Hastings, Rother, Eastbourne, Wealden, Rye and surrounding villages. On board the van will be a model eco home, DIY energy efficiency demos and an energy advice desk. People will be able to get advice on switching suppliers, making energy efficiencies or getting grants, discounts and support.

The events aim to help those who often miss out on help, including pensioners, people with sickness or disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, isolated communities and deprived housing estates.

Kate Meakin, campaign manager, from Energise Sussex Coast, said: “Thanks to the grant funding from UK Power Networks we can bring our pop-up energy advice desks into areas where we know there will be customers who can benefit from practical advice to reduce their energy bills.

“We teach people how to help themselves. Residents won’t just learn how much money they could save by switching supplier, they will be tutored through how to self-help by using an online price comparison tool and shown how to install lots of simple DIY energy efficiency measures.”

Kerry Potter, consumer vulnerability manager for UK Power Networks, said: “This project is bringing advice directly to the doorsteps of people who are often left behind, making tangible improvements to people’s finances, health and wellbeing.

“This is one of the 24 community projects this year which have benefited from a share of £368,060 from our Power Partners community fund to alleviate fuel poverty, support people in vulnerable circumstances and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat across our regions.”

Power Partners is administered in partnership with leading energy justice charity, the Centre for Sustainable Energy. It opens for more applications in February 2020. For details on how to apply visit: