The campaign against fuel poverty is heating up this winter in Ryedale

Ryedale District Council is calling on citizens to take note of energy efficiency support available, especially for those facing the prospect of fuel poverty following rising fuel costs this year.

Friday 3 December is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and the District Council is highlighting its key support to help those living in fuel poverty this winter.

The District Council has a number of schemes it is running - alongside partners - to help alleviate fuel poverty locally, all of which can be found on our website here: www.ryedale.gov.uk/information/housing/grants/energy-efficiency-grants-loans-and-support/

The schemes include the Green Homes Grant, where residents on low incomes can benefit from a range of energy efficiency measures aimed at tackling fuel poverty and cutting carbon emissions. Oil buying cooperatives are in place across Ryedale, together with Scarborough Borough Council and Choices4Energy to help cut down fuel bills.

Ryedale District Council works with North Yorkshire County Council as part of the North Yorkshire Warm Homes Scheme, to help eligible residents access funding to install A-rated gas-powered central heating in their homes.

There’s also the Ryedale Energy Saver Scheme - a two-year project designed to help citizens keep warm for less and reduce their fuel bills. Homeowners and private renting tenants can access grants, loans and support for heating upgrades and home insulation improvements. 

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director, Place and Resources for Ryedale District Council, said:

"Fuel poverty is very much a pressing issue. As set out in our Council Plan, we want people to live in high quality, safe and sustainable homes and we’re committed to working in partnership to improve energy efficiency and achieve carbon reduction.

“This year with fuel prices rising, we are highlighting the support available, so that our citizens can get the help they need.  

"No one should have to choose between eating and keeping warm.

"Citizens finding it hard to pay their energy bills this year are urged to check out all the local energy financial support schemes on our website. Or, they can call for advice on 01653 600 666."