Heating and fuel bill advice sessions to be held in Lowestoft
PUBLISHED: 09:47 06 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:11 06 March 2013
This Thursday from 10am to 3pm in Lowestoft’s Britten Market Shopping Centre people will be able to get advice on how to keep warm and reduce their fuel bills
Another session will also be held up at the Over 60s Club, Lowestoft Clapham Road on Monday between 10am and 2pm when Age UK and other agencies will be offering advice as well.
Help and advice will be on hand for anyone struggling to keep warm this winter, who is concerned about the cost of heating or interested in improving the energy efficiency of their homes.
There will be information on interest-free loans for oil heating top-ups, oil buying consortium, and current insulation schemes.
Suffolk’s Warm Homes, Healthy People scheme can also offer a free home energy survey to help people living in their own home, or renting from a private landlord and who are over 60, or who have a person with disabilities at home, families on a low income, families with children and young people with learning disabilities.
Following the survey there may be additional help or advice with insulation, fuel payments, draught-proofing and heating repairs by helping with the cost of getting systems working again.
All of these are subject to eligibility criteria and survey and will be explained at the visit.
For those who do not qualify for the free energy assessment, there is the chance for them to sign up for a Green Deal Assessment from Aran Services.
The company is providing assessments under the Suffolk Green Deal Pioneer Places pilot.
Green Deal is a recently launched national programme that means homeowners, tenants and small businesses can make energy efficiency improvements to their property such as solid wall insulation and new double glazing, paid for by the energy savings that result with no upfront costs.
Suffolk has 500 free assessments, normally costing up to £100.
More information can be found at the Lowestoft events or by checking out www.greensuffolk.org/greendeal
For those who cannot get to Lowestoft for either date, there is also a special Winter Wellbeing helpline 08456 037686 to deal with enquiries.
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