Health People

Reducing fuel poverty in Oxford

By John Charlton

Better Housing Better Health (BHBH) is a service working to reduce and prevent the number of people in fuel poverty, and help improve health and well-being. It is coordinated by the National Energy Foundation working with health and social care organisations, helping to maximise support available to residents.

BHBH has a range of support services for residents including a free helpline with trained energy experts offering bespoke advice on reducing energy bills, improving the energy performance of homes and financial help available. They can also provide access to the latest grants and financial assistance for energy efficiency measures, help with fuel debt alleviation and direct people to support organisations such as the falls service, fire and rescue and befriending services.

BHBH can also offer visits from advisors who can fit free energy saving measures in the home, such as draught-proofing and low energy LED lightbulbs, potentially saving around £30 a year on energy bills. They can check if people are on the cheapest energy tariff and help change to a cheaper one. They can also refer to a service to ensure residents are receiving the correct benefits and can help deal with any debt problems.

For further information call the free helpline 0800 107 0044