Free Advice From Cotswold District Council To Help You Reduce Energy Bills

Cotswold District Council is holding a drop-in event at its Trinity Road headquarters on Monday 21 January to help residents find out how to save money on their energy bills.

Specialists from Citizens Advice Stroud and Cotswold Districts will be on hand throughout the day to promote energy saving, including help with switching tariffs and arranging a free home energy advice visit. There will also be information available about home insulation and heating grants, recommended local installers, and renewable energy options.

The event is linked to the Big Energy Saving Network Week which begins on 21 January and is being supported by Citizens Advice offices in both Cirencester and Stroud, in partnership with the county’s Warm and Well team.

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Stephen Hirst said: “It’s important to publicise the help available to make energy savings, and this promotion at Trinity Road is designed to highlight the support that can be provided, especially through the Warm and Well scheme. It will also be of general interest to everyone who is interested in cutting back on energy use and helping to save precious resources. It’s vital that we all keep warm and well at this time of year, as winter can be cruel. Advice regarding the best form of heating and the various cost options are invaluable and I recommend that the free energy advice available at CDC on 21 January is well worth visiting.”

The Warm and Well Project Manager, Rob Hargraves, said:
“Struggling to keep warm and to pay the bills during the winter affects roughly 11% of households in Gloucestershire for all kinds of different reasons. If you are affected, please get in touch with our free advice line for support and possible financial assistance towards keeping your household warmer and healthier. On a free home energy visit our advisors assess each room of a property and give tailored advice on issues such as insulation, heating systems and condensation problems. They can also help you save money by switching your energy supplier or tariff, installing free energy saving devices and assessing whether you are eligible for grants. Last year, we identified an average of £400 annual savings per visit!”

For information about the Warm and Well scheme please see www.warmandwell.co.uk or phone 0800 500 3076.