Cold weather help at Newport drop-in

The local Footprint Trust’s WarmerWight project has had a flurry of calls due to the recent cold spell. Some 100 people have been in contact concerned about their energy bills.

The Trust is to hold a energy drop-in at Newport Parish Centre on Thursday 9th February from 11am to 3pm.

Those attending this free event can bring along their energy bills, and the WarmerWight team will see if they can bring them down.

“People will be able to get guidance on energy efficiency at a forthcoming energy event in the new year, with practical hints and tips on insulating their homes as well as well as switching their energy supplier, these measures saving households hundreds of £’s per year.”

Said Ray Harrington-Vail the Trust’s National Heat Hero, who will be attending. Local MP Andrew Turner, is supporting the event and stated;
˜The Footprint Trust do excellent work helping people to find ways to save money on their fuel costs; especially important as the colder weather has now arrived. Popping along to this event could help you find some significant savings, as so many other Islanders have done already.”

Ray Harrington Vail of the Footprint Trust said: “We help many people who ask for help with fuel issues and have helped over 1,000 people, during the last year. In the end we helped people save over £15,000, with savings of up to £200 per year. Recently one family had their energy costs reduced by over £700!”

For Islanders who cannot attend they can get information by calling the Trust on 822282, or via email
The Island’s Footprint Trust is backing National Energy Action (NEA) national campaign by highlighting fuel poverty on the Isle of Wight.

The campaign is run by fuel poverty charity, NEA, which aims to raise awareness of the problem and some of the solutions available for those struggling to heat their homes affordably.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications and External Relations at NEA said: “Fuel poverty is a serious and growing concern, with around 15,000 households on the Isle of Wight were unable to afford to heat their homes. Through the Warm Homes Campaign we hope to improve the life chances of residents who are struggling with their fuel bills and ensure they can stay warm and healthy in their homes this winter.”
Maggie* was helped by the Trust last winter, she told us,

” I thought I was doing okay and that it was my washing machine that was the problem, as I know they use a lot of electricity, but I have to use it with two kids. So when you pointed out the cost of running the shower for baths, I was staggered. I was also so worried about the bills, it was doing my head in. Now I feel that things are back on track – I’m paying my way for my bills as I get them, I’ve got the electricity use right down by doing weekly meter readings, and I feel so much better. Amazing! – I didn’t even know they were there as I’m new to the town.”

The event takes place at Newport Parish Centre, Town Lane, Newport from 11am-3pm on Thursday 9th February 2017. Free admission, cake and tea available!

For more details phone Ray Harrington-Vail on 01983 822282 or email

Notes for Editors

*Maggie is not her real name, this has been changed to protect our vulnerable client.

The Isle of Wight is above the national average for percentage of households in fuel poverty with 14.9% some 15,000 Island homes. (Fuel Poverty and Excess Winter Deaths JSNA March 2014). It was the second highest local authority from the South East region.

National Energy Action is a fuel poverty charity, working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and with sister charity Energy Action Scotland, to ensure that everyone can afford to live in a warm, dry home. NEA runs the Warm Homes Campaign, leading up to Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on 17 February – to raise awareness of fuel poverty and its possible solutions.

The Footprint Trust is a local charity founded in 2002 on the Isle of Wight. It assists over 1,000 people a year through its work in energy conservation. The charity also involves people in a whole range of projects that enhance the environment.

Contacts; Ray Harrington-Vail The Footprint Trust charity 01983 822282.

Community Action Awards 2012 – Environmental category
National Heat Hero Award 2012
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013
SHG Partnership Working Award 2014
Big Energy Saving Network Champions 2015 and 2016