It is quite a complex problem. But that means there are also a number of routes to the solutions. These basically fall into two categories; buildings and people. (Note bullet points). These are the sorts of things we will be covering today so you best placed to help people in your area. For some of them, this training will enable you to provide the solution yourself – like where to access help or advising people on ways they can change the way they use energy. For others, we will advise you of where you can send people so they can get more specific advice.
Age UK Conference Shrewsbury 14 Nov 2013
AGE UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin Annual Conference 2013
The Energy Trilemma: Cost, Carbon & Security
How older people can insulate
themselves from rocketing energy costs
Richard Davies MBE
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‘We see nothing truly
till we understand it’
John Constable 1836
“It’s endlessly fascinating. From up here one can see the strained worried faces
of mere mortals as they struggle to pay their gas bills.”
Local sustainable energy ‘Do Tank’.
Not for profit.
Our mission is to fix unsustainable energy:
1. fuel poverty 2. energy security 3. climate change.
We try to do this in ways that improve places
economically, socially and environmentally.
Telford & Wrekin
Total annual domestic Annual Cost
Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire are spending:
£23.3 million per month
£5.4 million per week
£767,000 per day
£32,000 per hour
£8.88 per second……..
During my 35 minutes slot: £18,700
Gas: £252 pa
Elec: £156 pa
Total: £408 pa
Some of the Headlines from 14th March 2013
UK ‘woefully unprepared’ for an ageing
population, warns committee
‘A big shift in services is essential so that the
many more older people with long-term
conditions can be well cared for and
supported in their own homes and in the
community and not needlessly end up in
‘Living longer is a blessing and should bring
This debate primarily revolves around health
and social care BUT will this debate include
how those older people can keep warm?
Fuel poverty and rurality…. Source NEA
this group that
are in fuel
% of all fuel
that are in this
Rural – town &
Latest DECC Marches Fuel Poverty Statistics Published 16th
2010 % HH’s in FP 2011 % HH’s in FP Ranking out of 325
Telford & Wrekin
Source: DECC Sub-Regional Fuel Poverty Statistics
Annual cost to the NHS of
cold related ill health
Telford & Wrekin
£1.0 million a month
£1,380 an hour
£23 a minute
Health impacts of cold homes……
o Increased respiratory illness chronic bronchitis or
o Increased blood pressure leading to heart disease
o Worsening arthritis and rheumatism
o Increased falls and accidents
o Worsening of long-term medical conditions including
mental health issues
o Poorer nutrition
o Increased admissions to acute services
85% of existing houses will be standing in 2050
Government commitment to reduce emissions by
80% by 2050 (25% of emissions currently from housing).
196,282 homes across Telford & Wrekin and
Shropshire – most do not meet thermal targets.
We need to be retrofitting 5,452 homes a year or 105
per week across T&W and Shropshire.
For Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire this is a
– 113 million per annum market.
Between 2,720 & 3,670 jobs would be created or
supported by this level of investment.
Fuel poverty causes
o Low income
o Expensive energy costs
o Energy inefficient homes
o Under occupancy
Who can identify fuel poverty?
oTrusted, known, knowledgeable
oHow might you spot it?
Triggers: What you may SEE?
Severe condensation on windows
Curtains kept closed to retain heat
o Mould stains on walls or curtains
o Portable bottled gas or electric heaters
o Heating controls absent / not working / switched off
o Visual evidence that heating appliances are not being used. e.g.
dust on heating elements
o Blocked vents
Triggers: What you may SENSE?
o Large differences in
temperatures between rooms
o The smell of damp
Triggers – What you may HEAR?
o ‘Sorry about the cold.’
o ‘That draught gives me an achy neck.’
o ‘I don’t know how I’m going to pay that
o ‘I just use this room really – that’s all I really need’
o ‘I can’t get rid of this cough.’
o ‘They talk about direct debits but I like this key
o ‘I don’t need the heating yet – I’ve got jumpers and
my little heater.’
Fuel poverty solutions
o Maximising income - benefit entitlement
o Minimising outgoings - household budgeting
o Draught proofing
o Insulating the home
o Heating controls
o Changing behaviour
o Getting cheaper energy: switching, bulk
o Accessing help e.g. fuel debt……
New MEA approach - very significant
Agreement signed with Stretton Climate Care
Developing relationships with other core
Seeking ‘light touch’ relationship with many
“Stretton Climate Care is delighted to join the eco@MEA scheme and
are looking forward to working with them to take advantage of ECO
and Affordable Warmth Funding for people in our community. Being
local, keeping things simple and knowing the people we shall work
with, rather than using some national provider with a distant call
centre, will have many advantages”
Jon Cooke – Chair of Stretton Climate Care – Nov 13
“The crisis is in
Kofi Annan, 2002
“What we think,
or what we know,
or what we
believe is, in the
end, of little
is what we do.”
Telling people to live differently doesn't work. If we are really
to live differently, it will not be as a result of moralising; it
will happen because we want to, and because we come to
reconnect with our environment and the other living things
that make life worthwhile. As psychologists are increasingly
telling us, two emotions dominate modern life: feelings of
emptiness strongly linked with materialism, and feelings of
hope linked to a belief that we can find better ways to live.
Our dependence on nature extends far beyond our
material wellbeing, and informs our sense of meaning at
the deepest level. This sense of meaning will provide a
motivation for us to change the way we live – not because
we are told that we ought to, but because we feel that we
Jane Kendall 27th February 2008