Advice and Resources
Our affordable warmth team can help with the following:
Typical energy saving advice is suitable for a modern gas central heated family home but every house in Argyll and Bute is different in all aspects, from age and type of heating, age and type of building, glazing, location, the number and ability of occupants as well as the availability of fuel. That’s why advice from an ALIenergy advisor is tailored to you, your home and your needs.
Our Affordable Warmth Advisors can visit you in your own home, saving you the time and expense of coming to us. We have advisors based around Argyll and Bute, so you will be assigned to the advisor covering your area and they will contact you to arrange a mutually suitable time to visit. In instances where a house visit is not feasible within a short timescale your advisor will help by telephone calls, emails and/or letters.
Information gathered during a visit
During your ALIenergy visit the advisor may ask questions about you, your family and your home. This will enable the advisor to gain an overall perspective of your situation to ensure that the help and support delivered is tailored to your needs. All information is treated with respect and confidentiality.
To provide the best advice your advisor may need to see evidence of your benefit entitlement such as your award letters or bank statements. Copies of these documents are usually required if applying for funding or a grant. Lots of people are not aware they fit the criteria for funded schemes because benefit award letters aren’t always straightforward and clear. Our advisors have basic benefit knowledge and know what to look out for. We also have qualified benefit advisors on the team who can carry out FREE benefit checks.
Your advisor may take meter readings to keep track of how much energy you are using, this information may also be requested for funding applications.
Follow on support
It is very likely that your advisor will need to keep in touch with you after your initial visit. We understand life can be hectic and priorities can change so if you are unable to follow through with any advice our advisors will happily visit you again to go over things in more detail or offer more support to you if needed.
Feedback and Monitoring
The Affordable Warmth Advisors are grant funded and a requirement for receiving this funding is to show evidence of their work. We would really appreciate it if you could assist with our feedback and monitoring protocol. Your advisor will ask you simple questions to help determine the impact they have made.
Workshops and Talks
Our Affordable Warmth Advisors know the importance of reaching people in need, this is why we work with health professionals and community groups who are most likely to be in contact with people who require our help. We offer FREE workshops and talks tailored to the group's time, experience and needs. Our workshops and talks give a brief overview of how fuel poverty affects people, how to spot someone living in fuel poverty, basic advice to give and know when to refer to an advisor for specialist in-depth advice.
Volunteer as an Energy Champion
Our experience has shown us the potential in reaching fuel poor households by working with other organisations and local communities. Get in touch if you or your organistion would like to hear more about our work and how we can help you to help the people you work with. We are looking for Energy Champions from all different backgrounds-current health professionals, retired tradesmen and woman, school leavers wanting to get involved in their community etc.
Ask your supplier
If you wish to call your energy supplier we have a ‘What you need to know’ information sheet outlining the information you will need before speaking to your energy supplier. Ask an advisor for a copy and they will be happy to help you fill it out.
|Fuel Suppliers||Other Organisations|
|British Gas: 0333 202 9802||Home Energy Scotland: 0808 808 2282|
|EDF Energy: 0333 200 5100||Argyll and Bute Citizens Advice Bureau: 01546 605550|
|EON: 0333 202 4610||Argyll and Bute Council: 01546 605 520|
|Npower: 0800 073 3000||Argyll and Bute Care and Repair: 01631 567 780|
|Scottish and Southern Energy: 0800 980 8754||
Shelter Scotland (Housing): 0808 800 4444
|Scottish Power: 0800 027 0072||Silver Line Scotland: 0800 470 8090|
For more information on the range of services that we provide, please contact us on 01631 565183 or email@example.com