Our employees raise money for charity while learning about fuel poverty
23 February 2018
Today is National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. We're showing our support by challenging our employees’ knowledge of fuel poverty issues while raising money for charity.
We have published a quiz about fuel poverty on our employee smartphone news app. The quiz highlights the scale of fuel poverty in the UK and its impact on the physical and mental health of the thousands of families affected. We will donate five pounds to National Energy Action (NEA), the national charity seeking to end fuel poverty, for every employee who takes part.
SGN Stakeholder and Community Manager Robbie Stevenson said the company was delighted to once again be supporting NEA on National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day: “With fuel poverty levels across the UK at over 20%, the question of heating or eating continues to be an issue for many households. By supporting National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, we hope to raise awareness of this issue, not just among our own employees, but also in the wider community.”
We’re committed to reducing fuel poverty all year round, not just on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. Through our Help to Heat scheme, we’re helping make thousands of homes warmer every year by improving energy affordability. Our Help to Heat scheme aims to lift over 27,000 homes out of fuel poverty before 2021. Through the scheme, low-income and vulnerable households across Scotland and southern England can qualify for free or discounted gas connections. More details, including the scheme criteria, can be found here.
To further demonstrate our commitment to reducing fuel poverty, we’ve recently partnered with national charity Groundworks by supporting their Green Doctor initiative. Through this partnership, we’re able to identify local areas with high levels of fuel poverty and organise energy cafes where we issue energy advice. Mr Stevenson added: “As part of the Green Doctor initiative, we conduct home visits for those most in need. During these visits we can install energy saving measures such as LED light bulbs and radiator reflectors which prevent heat from radiators escaping into the wall. We also carry out safety checks and supply CO alarms.”