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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.

‘Are You Ready?’ Booklet Gives Practical Advice On Responding To Emergencies

Across the District communities are always looking to improve their resilience in the event of an emergency, and a booklet has been produced by the Gloucestershire Local Resilience Forum to make the task easier.

The ‘Are You Ready?’ booklet provides clear practical advice to help people prepare for and respond to an emergency. Advice includes: devising a family emergency plan; looking out for neighbours; establishing  emergency friends; community alarm systems; and coping with severe weather, security incidents and loss of power.

“This is an extremely useful resource,” said Cllr Sue Coakley, Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for community resilience. “A lot of the information in the booklet is basic common sense, but bringing it all together has the power to actually save lives.”

‘Are You Ready?’ had been designed so that people can refer to it easily and quickly in a wide range of emergency situations, and it also provides some very useful checklists and contact numbers.

You can download a copy of the booklet now:


Queries about the booklet should be directed to:
Gloucestershire County Council Civil Protection Team
Tri Service Centre, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AX.
Tel: 01452 888764.
Email: civilprotectionteam@glosfire.gov.uk

Via press release from Cotswold District Council.