Following the rise in energy prices, we believe that the elderly who have minimum incomes and live in energy-inefficient homes will feel this winter strongly – on their skin, as well as on their wallets.
The most vulnerable are affected by crises the hardest
While the energy crisis worries every Croatian household, it will affect the most vulnerable ones the most. In Croatia, over half a million people have arrears on utility bills, and it is expected that this number will further increase during the upcoming winter due to the rise in energy prices. It is likely that the most vulnerable households will have to choose between paying energy bills and other living expenses, or that they will use less energy to lower their costs, which will affect their health, quality of life, and comfort of living.
Many of these citizens also have to live in energy-inefficient homes. Due to poor insulation, inappropriate heating systems or installations, the buildings they live in lose energy unnecessarily, forcing the householders to consume more energy to compensate for what is lost. The result are higher costs with a lower feeling of comfort. If energy costs rise to more than 10% of their income, their household can be defined as energy poor.
In Croatia, people over the age of 65, especially women, are among the most at-risk groups for material and energy poverty. Every senior’s life should be energy-safe, in which they can heat all their rooms or watch their favorite TV show without the fear of not having enough money for meals. With this campaign, we want to ensure the elderly have less to care about this winter through small savings on water, electricity and other energy resources necessary for everyday life.
One-time donation, long-term savings
Through the Ease their Troubles campaign, we are collecting EUR 7,700 for 100 energy efficiency kits for the elderly in Croatia. In case of collecting more than 7,700 EUR, we will purchase kits for an additional number of households.
Support by paying through the dedicated account of the Solidarna Foundation:
Cause: DONATION – Ease their Troubles
Ref. number: 12-2022
Bank name: Erste
or by scanning the barcode:
Using the energy efficiency kit, one household can annually save up to 1,300 kwh of heat energy and up to 370 kwh of electric energy, or up to 200 EUR.
The Green Energy Cooperative will distribute energy efficiency kits between December 2022 and January 2023. The kits will be the same for all recipients, except for a few kits that will be adjusted depending on the specific situation and way of energy consumption, i.e. household needs.
Energy shouldn’t have to worry the elderly
For households-recipients of the energy efficiency kits, the Green Energy Cooperative will also provide free consulting for more efficient energy-use and additional energy savings. The energy advisors of the Green Energy Cooperative will personally visit each household, advise its members on the proper use of the allocated kits, and give additional tips for saving energy in their homes.
Distribution of the Energy Efficiency Kits
We will select the recipients of the energy efficiency kits by one of the following criteria:
- The person is recipient of the national benefit for the elderly
- The person is recipient of the compensation for the vulnerable buyer of energy products
- The person is recipient of the guaranteed minimum compensation
- The person is recipient of a pension in the amount of up to HRK 2,000 per month
- Additionally, the person must be 65 or older and have permanent residence in the City of Zagreb or Zagrebačka County
Recipients of the energy efficiency kits, if they meet the requirements, will be selected based on the order of application. The number of recipients depends of the number of funds collected by the end of the campaign. The campaign will be closed with the end of November 2022.