Living in a home that is colder than 18°C can have a serious impact on health, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke, respiratory infections and poor mental health. This health risk can be reduced and even prevented by taking steps to make your home warmer.
Free support is available in Brighton & Hove to help residents living in cold homes struggling to meet their winter fuel costs.
Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP)
LEAP offers eligible residents free home visits from a local, friendly and qualified Home Energy Advisor to help you save money and keep your home warm. They will:
- Check energy tariffs and help with switching to save money
- Install free, simple energy saving measures, such as lightbulbs and draught-proofing
- Give practical advice on heating systems and saving energy
- Arrange a free money advice consultation to help with benefits, debt and other money problems
- Make referrals for additional energy-saving home improvements, such as loft insulation or a new boiler.
Applying for (or referring others to) the service is quick and easy. It's available to homeowners, private renters and social housing tenants who meet any of the following criteria:
- have a low income
- receive tax credits
- receive housing benefit
- receive an income or disability related benefit
- have a long term illness or disability
If you, or someone you know, is living in or at risk of fuel poverty, apply now:
- Go to www.applyforleap.org.uk
- Call LEAP free on 0800 060 7567 (8.45am–7pm, Monday to Friday or 9am–12noon, Saturday)
LEAP is nationally funded under the Warm Home Discount scheme.