Switched On Portsmouth was launched by Portsmouth City Council in November 2019. The primary goal of the service was to provide free support, initiatives and advice to residents to help them save energy, money and carbon at home.
The service, managed by the council’s in-house energy services team, has now published its second annual Impact Report.
The Switched On Portsmouth Impact Report 2020-2021 can be viewed here.
From £ 56,000 in prepaid fuel vouchers offered to 676 households during the coronavirus pandemic, to 420 first-time central heating systems for the city’s most vulnerable, the report covers the broad spectrum of vital work that runs from June 2020 through May 2021.
With an ever growing offering, Switched On Portsmouth can currently provide homes with energy advice, emergency boiler replacement, first time central heating, insulation and even fully funded solar panels to eligible Portsmouth residents.
The team recently received £ 9.3 million in grant to facilitate the installation of solar panels, solid wall insulation and air source heat pumps in residents’ homes. All of this is installed free of charge for eligible households.
In addition, Switched On Solar, which launched in February 2021, enables Portsmouth residents to see how well their home is solar collector based on their zip code. To date, over 2,500 Portsmouth addresses have been analyzed, all for free!
Councilor Kimberly Barrett, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Green Recovery, welcomed the release of this year’s report: “Switched On Portsmouth has grown stronger over the last 2 years since its inception in 2019. More households in Portsmouth have vital help and support enabling them to save energy and money in their homes, as detailed in this latest Impact Report. With additional funding and plans to roll out support programs and actions for even more people in the city, I look forward to seeing what will be achieved over the next 12 months. ”
Despite the encouraging statistics in the Impact Report, more than one in ten households in Portsmouth are still struggling to afford their energy bills. This “fuel poverty” has a negative impact on social, mental and physical well-being; and households often have to choose between heating and eating.
Switched On Portsmouth has successfully expanded the scope and scope of services it offers to residents of the city and the surrounding area. This has meant that more households suffering from energy poverty can be helped; but also that the team can offer support to all households in the city, regardless of their situation or needs.
To speak to a team member about the support provided, please call 0800 260 5907 or visit www.switchedonportsmouth.co.uk