The scheme has already been successfully introduced in Wicklow and Kildare.
With a minimum order for home heating oil at around €200 a once off payment at that level can pose problems for many families trying to balance their household expenditure.
The Stay Warm scheme helps families save throughout the year by purchasing fuel stamps at €5 each and using these stamps to meet the cost of their home heating oil and solid fuel.
Stay Warm fuel stamps are currently available from 11 Retailers across Finglas.
These include Post Offices (4) SuperValu, Tesco Express, Centra, Spar, local Butchers (2) and the SVP Vincent’s shop.
There are already 9 suppliers in the Dublin area accepting the Stay Warm fuel stamps as part or full payment for deliveries of all Home Heating Oil or Solid Fuel deliveries
Stay Warm Saving Scheme is a pilot scheme initiated by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) and the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (now Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment). It is supported by SEAI and MABS and is being managed by SVP East Region.
Jimmy Scurry Project Manager for the scheme says “This two-year pilot scheme which began last year is making a real difference for families and households who really struggle to manage their heating bills. The Stay Warm Saving Scheme is available to anyone who wishes to save in this way, not just those who seek help from SVP. Anyone can purchase the €5 fuel stamps and saving card from any local shop where they are available.
“It may be a traditional way of saving, similar to the TV License Stamp saving scheme, but it can be a huge benefit to the many people who do not have banking facilities and therefore cannot pay for their oil or solid fuel by direct debit and those who are reluctant to use online facilities.”
Further information about the Warm Home scheme can be obtained by calling 01 8550022.