Energy community partners:
Across Scotland, ~25% of households live in fuel poverty. In this cold, wet, dark and windy region, average energy consumption of 48 kWh/day exceeds the UK average.
ALIenergy identifies people at risk of energy poverty by targeting life changes that might increase their energy needs or result in a decrease in income, such that energy bills become a more substantial burden. Examples of trigger points include:
- a new baby
- diagnosis of health conditions
- house moves
- new tenancies
- job loss
To help identify such individuals, ALIenergy provides professional targeting training to members of organisations working with vulnerable and disadvantaged people, such as housing associations, social assistance providers, etc. In this way, ALIenergy builds up a referral network of ‘Energy Champions’ who can effectively detect instances of energy poverty and tap into the most appropriate action mechanisms.
Recognising that the stigma associated with asking for and receiving help is a barrier for many people facing energy poverty, ALIenergy aims to normalise these services and enable access for all — particularly hard-to-reach individuals.
ALIenergy will refer eligible low-income clients in poor housing to funded insulation schemes that provide home improvements (e.g. insulation in internal or external walls, lofts or underfloor; new windows; upgraded heating systems or appliances). Aiming for 50 significant referrals per year, valued €8 400/household, it will trigger investment of €1.26 mln in the first three years of the project.
Based on the average UK emission rate of 367 gCO2/kWh, ALIenergy will achieve a reduction of 1 865 tCO2/yr during the project, rising to >300% five years after.