During the last five months, 245 households in Scotland and the South East were referred by YES Energy Solutions to SGN to receive a subsidised gas connection – an installation that will help vulnerable residents reduce their fuel bills and improve their quality of life.
In July 2014, SGN renewed YES Energy Solutions contract to deliver their pioneering Help to Heat scheme. The project helps validate householders who qualify for financial support towards a gas connection across the SGN catchment area.
Compared to electric storage heaters, oil or LPG, mains gas is still the most cost effective traditional household fuel. There are thousands of residents in the UK without a gas supply, paying over the odds, heating their homes uneconomically. Many of these residents spend over 10% of their household income on fuel.
Having shown proficiency in the screening process since 2012, SGN confirmed that we will continue to be their delivery partner and administer the Help to Heat initiative. Not only do we offer support to householders from across the South East of England but we now provide this essential service north of the border throughout Scotland.
Raini Scott, SGN Help to Heat Manager explained:
"We're very pleased to be working with YES Energy Solutions to provide our qualification service for our Help to Heat scheme. They also provide invaluable knowledge of other energy efficiency services that vulnerable and low-income households can access. We're proud that our Help to Heat scheme is improving the energy affordability of thousands of homes across our network every year and we greatly appreciate YES Energy Solution's contribution to making this happen."
Since July 2014 YES Energy Solutions have taken 1,246 Help to Heat Enquiries of which 434 have been eligible for financial support. These customers have been referred back to SGN for a fully or part funded Gas Connection.
Adam Carlespie, Help to Heat Advisor at YES Energy Solutions said:
"Many of the people we speak to are struggling to keep on top of their fuel bills which is forcing them to make sacrifices that in turn affects their health and wellbeing. Over the last five months 66 householders from the Help to Heat scheme fitted the fuel poverty definition and 306 were classed as a high priority group. It’s fantastic to be able to help people that really need support and offer a solution that will not only save money but improve their overall quality of life."