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Free Home Energy Visits

09 September 2017

Age UK is providing Free Home Energy Visits to keep older people safe and warm this winter.

Successful winter support

Last year we helped over 100 people to keep warmer in their own homes, including one client who lived alone in a typical brick end terrace in Halifax. He is a home owner but is on a low income and has significant health issues: he is registered blind, suffers with arthritis and has resultant mobility issues and he has also suffered from depression.


He reported his house felt cold and damp with the back door being especially draughty and that this had a definite effect on his health.
 
Our adviser visited and carried out the following actions:


• Provided advice on keeping warm at home and energy efficiency measuresWinter wrapped up leaflet
• Fitted external door brushes and draught excluders around the door
• Fitted radiator panels on all radiators on external walls
• Fitted a cold alarm
• Fitted some missing light blubs
• Gave him a copy of Age UK information booklet ‘Winter Wrapped Up’ (click on image to download)
• Let him know about other Age UK C&K services including our personal alarms and referred him to our Safe and Warm project 
• Let him know about Gateway to Care services

 

He was very happy with the service and felt that it had made a big difference to the heat in his house saying that it felt at least 30% warmer.
 

Energy Visits

Age UK is working with E.ON and First Utility to provide Home Energy Visits. The aim of the check is to deliver practical energy efficiency information and expert advice to older people. The project will enable people to change energy use behaviour and benefit from small practical measures which could potentially reduce their energy bills whilst remaining warm and well in their own homes.

 

Qualifying criteria

To qualify for the Home Energy check you must be :

• Over 65 and on low income (below £16,190 p.a )and /or
• Over 65 and living with a disability or other medical condition

• Over 65 and living in a hard to heat property.

For more information or to book your home energy check, please contact us on 01422 252040 / 01484 535994