Last week, I learned that Wirral Council has been given around £170,000 to help with the problems faced by many residents with home energy bills.
The Council is proposing to spend some of this money on a booklet to every home, with details of how to keep warm in winter, reduce energy bills and also what to do in emergency situations.
I’m usually sceptical about wasting money on glossy booklets but there is so much lack of information about how everyone can cut their energy bills that I’m keen to see this booklet printed and delivered.
As well as this, one of the best places for information and advice on energy bills, grants and help with bills is the Home Heat Helpline (call 0800 336699) – it also gives advice to low-income households in urgent need of heating help and advice. It is free to call and is open 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-2pm on Saturdays.
Locally, the Warmer Wirral free insulation scheme has been extended for another couple of weeks – until 15th February 2013. ALL Wirral residents (private rented and owner-occupiers) are entitled to free loft and cavity wall insulation, which would otherwise cost around £400. This is the last chance to benefit from free insulation – other discounted insulation schemes have already closed to general applications. To arrange a free survey for insulation please call 0800 043 0151 or visit www.warmerwirral.org.uk to make an online application.
Finally, this week also sees the launch of the national Green Deal – this scheme is the biggest-ever programme to improve home energy efficiency, cutting bills and to keep people warm. The Green Deal can pay for insulation, heating, draught-proofing, double glazing and even renewable energy technologies such as solar panels.