A free service to help reduce the cost of your energy bills
As we get older, our bodies react differently to the cold and it takes us longer to warm up. Exposure to cold weather can make you more vulnerable to health problems such as heart attacks or strokes, as well as worsening conditions such as arthritis, asthma and influenza. The government recommends that people over the age of 65 heat their homes to at least 18C. However, the rising cost of fuel means this is often difficult for those on a low income.
We offer free Home Energy Checks to people over the age of 65 who are finding it difficult to keep their homes warm or are suffering from cold-related ill health. During this visit you will be given simple tips on how to save energy and retain heat, as well as providing and fitting free energy-saving equipment such as draft excluders and reflective radiator panels. Our handyperson will also provide you with information on how to stay warm and well during winter and, if needed, we can refer you to the Warm Homes Discount scheme, Priority Services Register and other schemes that offer reduced price (or even free) insulation and gas-boiler replacements (eligibility criteria applies).