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Home energy advice service launches in Huntingdon

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The environmental charity PECT is expanding its home energy advice service to cover Huntingdon now too, thanks to a £19,000 grant from UK Power Networks’ new Power Partners fund.

It may be a scorcher outside at the moment, but it pays to get ahead with your household planning for winter! With the expansion of the ‘Warm Homes’ project into their region, local residents will be able to access support and advice to save energy and cut household bills – helping you to keep your home heated for less this winter!

PECT has partnered with Chorus Homes to offer households in Huntingdon access to the free energy advice service, which will help households manage energy use, save money and reduce their impact on the environment.

The project aims to help hundreds of households by providing a free home visit from a friendly and impartial energy advisor. The advisor will offer information on behavioural changes, choosing the best energy tariff and supplier, and managing your water bills. If eligible, you will also be offered support to access the national Warm Home Discount and other funding opportunities for home improvements.

In the last two years alone, PECT has provided energy advice to more than 1,000 households across the eastern region, saving recipients a projected £230,000 through tariff switching, behaviour change and Warm Home Discount applications.

The Warm Homes service is vital, because NHS advice suggests inadequately heated homes and lower temperatures can put people at increased risk of physical and mental health conditions.

“The project has already helped households in Peterborough, Fenland, South Holland and Cambridge during the last two years,” explains Project Officer Emma Thurley. “We are pleased to be able to extend the service to now work in Huntingdon to help local residents save money and home energy too.”

UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distribution network, is awarding over a quarter of a million pounds’ worth of funding to help boost energy efficiency within local communities. The aim is to support organisations that work to alleviate fuel poverty, support people in vulnerable circumstances and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat.

To book your FREE energy advice home visit or to simply find out more, call the Warm Homes Project Officer Emma Thurley on 01733 568408 or email warmhomes@pect.org.uk. For more information about PECT and its work, please visit the website at www.pect.org.uk.