Energy bills are rising. The price cap will rise by 54% in April and again in October. Average bills could exceed £3,000 by the end of the year, plunging up to 50% of the UK population into fuel poverty, including probably some of us.

The government is treating the symptoms with grants, council tax rebates and loans - all about paying fuel bills. This is urgent and necessary but there is very little serious work on treating the systemic cause - inefficient, leaky homes. The Insulate Britain campaign was controversial but made a brilliant case as to why it was a no-brainer on every front.

Community energy is brilliant at offering energy advice that helps reduce energy bills. It has never been more urgently needed. Yet it is a continual struggle to get support to do this work, which yields £10 of social benefit for every £1 invested according to a recent Bristol University study. It yields huge community benefit, and carbon savings - often more than our renewable generation projects.

CEE has convened a working group of experienced energy efficiency/advice experts to explore how community energy can organise urgently to get a larger and more reliable piece of the funding pie to do this vital work. Watch this space for updates.

Meanwhile as a sector we should mobilise with what we have, upskill volunteers, provide resources and get the solutions out to people who are suffering. If you have energy experts, can they train more volunteers? This will show the government we are effective. Face to face, local advice is provably better than via national help-line or website. If you don't have skilled advisers perhaps start by adapting this simple 'guide to staying warm and saving money' and circulating through your networks. Printing and delivering is a good way of assessing where your advice might be best targetted. You could start with recommending this excellent letterbox draft stopper by Magflap.

There are excellent resources on offering energy advice, some of which are gathered here. Recent videos including Community Energy South'Energy Champions in your Community' masterclass and York Community Energy'Talk Money - Energy Advice session. We will be collating more useful resources over the coming weeks. Please do send your favourite resources to f.robertson@communityenergyengland.org.