Green Doctor Appeal
Energy bills are the number one financial concern for households, Groundwork is urging people to think differently about their energy consumption and through our Green Doctor scheme, we are helping people take control of their own energy use. As part of this campaign we are encouraging people to help those less fortunate them themselves.
Matt Roberts, Senior Climate Change Co-ordinator at Leeds Green Doctor Scheme explains; “Our winter scheme is focused on helping people to take control through our expert advice and specialist initiatives. One sector of society we’d like to interact with is pensioners. Regardless of their financial situation, all pensioners receive a winter fuel allowance of between £100-£300 each year. For those who don’t necessarily rely on this allowance we’d like them to donate it to those who are more vulnerable, regardless of their age. It’s not just pensioners who can donate their fuel allowance though, for every £100 donated by any individual or organisation, it will allow a Green Doctor to help a homeowner, whether that be a single parent, or a large family on a low income, to make sensible fuel choices, meaning they don’t have to face the stark choice of whether to heat their homes or buy food to eat, a dilemma we see too many people face during the winter months.”
Fuel poverty is when a household spends more than 10% of its income on electricity and gas. It can affect a wide range of people, large families and those of retirement age are particularly vulnerable, and it’s people like this that we’re committed to helping. We can fit energy efficient light bulbs, draught excluders, reflective radiator panels and TV and computer ‘power-downs’, to name just a few, all free of charge. These simple devices can reduce energy bills by 15% or more. It’s not just about saving money though, we also want to offer personal ‘patient’ advice on recycling and water usage for example, so people can make informed decisions in order to keep their home in shipshape condition.
Help us to continue to make a difference this Winter.