Portsmouth City Council has revealed its Switch On Portsmouth scheme has saved almost £820,000 from people’s bills.
In late July, it published an impact report on the scheme, offering details of the 1,500 homes that have been helped in Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant from June 2019 to May 2020. It aimed to deliver a number of existing energy and affordable warmth schemes, such as homes energy advice, emergency boiler replacements and first time central heating and insulation, to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and save money on residents’ bills.
It found that 425 of the most vulnerable households benefitted from home visits, with 73 broken boiler replacements and 2,591 small energy saving measures fitted. Elsewhere, £818,844 was saved from people’s bills or delivered from benefit maximisation service and securing Warm Homes Discount payments, and that homes saw a reduction of 1,487 tonnes of carbon emissions. Furthermore, during the pandemic, 94 households unable to afford to top-up their prepayment meters were helped by administering emergency top-ups worth over £3,000.
However, with 1 in 10 households still struggling to afford their energy bills, the Switch On Portsmouth team will continue to expand the scale and scope of their schemes.