OFTEC Ireland, the trade association for the liquid fuel industry, has teamed up with Energy Saving Trust to share advice on reducing the cost of heating during a chilly winter lockdown.
Energy Saving Week, which runs from 1st – 5th February helps householders take practical steps to cut their energy bills.
Recent findings published by Energy Saving Trust revealed that nearly all UK homeowners polled (96%) are concerned about their home energy efficiency, whilst previous surveys have found 22% of Northern Irish households to be living in fuel poverty. In Northern Ireland, a household is said to be in fuel poverty if it needs to spend more than 10% of its income on energy costs.
With the majority of Northern Ireland furloughed or working from home, a significant number of people are more dependent on their home heating being on for longer periods of time.
OFTEC has tips on small changes households can make to be more energy efficient:
OFTEC Ireland Manager, David Blevings said: “We’re lending our voice to Energy Saving Week 2021 because we know that the weight of energy bills can be a massive burden for people at winter, particularly during extended periods of lockdown and uncertainty.
“Sadly, a lot of people will be spending this winter in a cold home because of fears over escalating heating bills. We hope that through Energy Saving Week those people can find solutions to a warmer home.”
Energy Saving Trust’s Northern Ireland Programme Manager, Angela Gracey Roger said: “We are delighted that OFTEC Ireland are supporting Energy Saving Week as we celebrate the event’s 20th year in Northern Ireland. Energy Saving Week is here to support and help householders manage energy use, while keeping their home warm, reducing the impact on energy bills and the environment.”
In addition to encouraging simple changes to save energy, Energy Saving Trust are running a Primary Schools Challenge which has been sent to all Primary Schools in NI via Eco Schools at keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, as part of NI Schools’ Energy Efficiency Awareness Programme.
For more information on how to heat your home with biofuels, visit https://www.oftec.org/future-heating/making-the-switch-to-hvo-in-northern-ireland