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Northern Powergrid Supports National Energy Action's Nation's Biggest Housewarming

February 20, 2017

Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the power network which keeps the kettles boiling and the phones charging for 8 million customers across the region, is supporting National Energy Action's (NEA) annual Fuel Poverty Awareness day by taking part in The Nation's Biggest Housewarming. 

The electricity distributor has also joined forces with Northern Gas Networks and community charity, Groundwork's, to offer energy saving advice and support to vulnerable customers living in Bradford and Leeds. Volunteers from both businesses will accompany Groundwork's Green Doctors installing insulation, sharing advice about fuel switching and general energy saving hints and tips.

Northern Powergrid employees across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire will also be supporting the NEA'S Nation's Biggest Housewarming through a range of fundraising activities including dressing in the NEA's colours and participating in cake bake sales.

Siobhan Barton, Northern Powergrid's Head of Stakeholder and Customer Engagement, said: "We see our role as much more than just managing the region's power network and keeping the lights on for our customers. We have an active social programme and commitment to using our local presence to engage, support and encourage energy efficiency to help make a lasting difference to fuel poverty.

"In support of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, 10 of our employees will work in partnership with Groundwork's Green Doctors to help vulnerable customers become more energy efficient. The rest of Team Powergrid will also be doing their bit to help with cake sales and other fundraising activities being held across our business to help raise funds and awareness."

Sarah White, Communications Manager at the NEA, said: "Over four million UK households are struggling to afford to heat their homes to the level needed to stay warm and healthy. We're delighted that Northern Powergrid and its partners are supporting Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, and every penny raised will help us in our fight against fuel poverty"

Katrine Madsen, Green Doctor Manager at Groundwork Leeds, said: "We are so pleased to have these volunteers join us on our house visits. We see every day the effects fuel poverty has on vulnerable people and young children, so to be able to show just a glimpse of what we do to help raise the awareness has been really worthwhile for everyone involved."

National Energy Action has launched a new online advice page which includes a range of free printed and online resources. For more information please visit: http://www.nea.org.uk/campaigns-policy/fuel-poverty-awareness-day/

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