The Fuel Efficient Families programme helps families in need. Our Fuel Efficient Families programme targets fuel poverty by using a holistic family approach to saving energy and money. The programme works two ways; by educating KS2 pupils in local primary schools and also by offering their families Green Doctor visits to evaluate and minimise the family energy expenditure.

School Sessions:

During interactive school sessions pupils become champions of the environment and enthusiasts of positive behaviour change at home!

Pupils investigate the different ways energy can be created and how it gets to us, before exploring the different home energy efficiency devices and methods that can be adopted at home. They design and present their ultimate efficient home design.  Students can adopt these for their own situation and help parents to reduce energy bills. They also become familiar with the types of small-scale energy efficiency measures used within the green doctor service, hopefully encouraging parents to get involved and re-enforcing the measures once they are fitted.

Nearly a third of all parents on the lowest incomes said they could not afford their winter energy bills and 54% of all parents are worried that their children's health will suffer because their house is too cold.  (Children in Wales report 2014),

Green Doctor Service

  • Winter Warmer' packs - increase personal warmth.
  • Small Measures - providing energy efficient measures to increase warmth retained in each property.
  • Behaviour change - providing advice tailored to personal circumstances.
  • Emergency heating - purchasing energy-efficient oil-filled radiators where no heating is found.
  • Benefit checks - guiding people who might be eligible for unclaimed benefits.
  • Signposting and referrals - helping householders access support such as debt advice, family intervention, carer services and grants for more extensive energy efficiency measures.

POSTIVE OUTCOMES

  •  Reduced energy bills - typically between £200 and £300 saved PA by switching energy provider.
  • Changes in Behavioural Energy Usage - by re-enforcing positive behavioural change e.g. a saving of £85 a year can be made simply by turning your thermostat down one degree.
  • Income Maximisation
  • Reduction in Stress Levels - reducing household utility bills  allows for additional spend on everyday essentials, and  reduced stress leads to  improved health and well-being.
  • Improvement of Long Term Health -cold homes aggravates a range of health conditions, (COPD, asthma, and heart conditions).  By making homes warmer the scheme helps to improve overall health.

The Children in Wales's campaign state that children in cold homes are more than twice as likely to suffer from a variety of respiratory problems as children living in warm homes. Cold homes have also been found to have a negative impact on the mental health and the wellbeing of adolescents.