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How Can You Alleviate Stress If You’re A Low-Income Household?

Apr 1, 2024

Mental health and stress is probably one of the most important challenges we face as a society in this modern era. Although this problem does receive a lot more attention than it ever has, it is still easy for people to forget and unfortunately, not take the impact of it seriously.

These problems extend into other everyday problems we face; our energy bills being one of them. Thanks to the rising costs of everything, energy bills are unbearably high with the same stress levels to match! Low-income households have felt the brunt of this crisis, struggling to keep their heads above the energy water.

This Stress Awareness Month, Free Heating Scheme is here to help you alleviate your stress and introduce you to ways of doing this.

How are People Coping With High Energy Bills

There are many tips, some big and small, that can help alleviate the stress of energy bills.

Renewable Energy

Investment in renewable energy like heat pumps and solar panels, as well as upgrades in insulation, are a great way of reducing your reliance on fossil fuels and will begin to reduce the price of your energy bills over time.

The Government have set out various schemes that help households save money on their energy bills and become greener. Schemes like the Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) and Boiler Upgrade Scheme.

You can check your eligibility immediately here, and if successful your journey to a renewable future starts with Free Heating Scheme.

Power your home and finances with renewable energy.

Compare Energy Suppliers

Comparing various suppliers can be a vital way of improving your energy bills and saving you a lot of money. It can be easy and a force of habit to stick with the supplier you are used to – this could be a big mistake!

Your loyalty could be losing your savings on energy. Using websites like Comparethemarket, MoneySuperMarket, and Uswitch can easily highlight what suppliers save you the most money.

Compare prices for the best results!

Be Mindful of Appliances

By being calculated and mindful of the way you use your appliances, you can save money and energy:

  • Never run your washing machine and dishwasher when you have a complete load.
  • If you can, never use your tumble dryer.
  • Turn off any televisions left on standby
  • Only boil what you need when using a kettle.

You can also use energy-efficient appliances when the time comes to replace your old ones. When purchasing new appliances, look out for Energy Star-certified products. They will require less energy to run which over time will show savings on your bills.

Don’t forget about phantom power…this can build up over time and leave you with a hefty charge. To stop this, unplug any electronics that are not being used, they will still draw power even when they are not on! Devices like phones, tablets, and computers are the biggest suspects in this.

Don’t let the phantom steal your power!

How Can Free Heating Scheme Help Alleviate Your Stress?

At Free Heating Scheme, we are dedicated to helping you alleviate energy bill stress through the introduction of renewables. We can guide you as you start your green journey, from installation application. Our free service will only ever recommend experienced and accredited installers from your local area to carry out installations.

With our help, government grants like the Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4), the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) and the Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS) will all be opened up to you. Providing you have successful eligibility, you could receive upgrades to solar power, a heat pump, and better insulation for your home.

Further Reading…

The energy crisis & mental health problems – Money & Mental Health (moneyandmentalhealth.org)