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Welsh Government’s Nest scheme helps another 5,000 people in fuel poverty with their energy bills

The Welsh Government’s fuel poverty scheme, Nest, provided free home energy improvements to nearly 5,000 homes last year, and helped householders  save an average of £475 per household. 

The latest figures taken from the newly published 2013-14 Nest Annual Report also reveal that in the last financial year over 20,600 householders benefitted from free energy saving advice and support as a result of the Nest scheme.
 
This means that since Nest was launched in April 2011 it has now helped over 56,000 householders with advice , guidance or practical installations. 
 
John Griffiths, Minister for Natural Resources, Culture and Sport, welcomed the figures. He said:
 
“It is widely acknowledged that the most effective way of tackling fuel poverty is by improving the energy efficiency of our homes. However for those people who are vulnerable, living on low incomes or living in hard to heat homes the cost of installing energy measures can often put this option out of reach. 
 
“Our energy efficiency programme, which includes the Nest scheme,  was specifically designed  to assist those groups most at risk of fuel poverty and I am proud of these latest figures which show  that in  the last year nearly 5,000 households in Wales benefitted from the installation of energy efficiency measures that will result in a real reduction in their fuel bills. 
 
“I have seen for myself the impact that having a warm home can have on people’s health and well being, which is why we are also funding research to look at the link between home energy improvements and people’s health and whether this type of assistance also has the potential to reduce hospitalisation rates for some conditions.”
In 2013-14, Nest delivered: 
  • Advice and support to 20,600 households;
  • Energy improvements to 4,900 homes resulting in an average fuel cost saving of £475 per household per year and total life emission saving of 249,000 tC02;
  • A Warm Homes Discount (WHD) rebate of £135 to 79 householders ;
  • A 7.5% increase in the number of rural homes helped;
  • A 98% customer satisfaction rate.

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