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Make a New Year’s Resolution to improve the energy efficiency of your home

Community & Education Health & Wellbeing

Are you a resident in South Holland? Why not set a New Year’s Resolution to improve the energy efficiency of your home, to help cut costs and enjoy the benefits of a warmer home in 2018?

The environmental charity PECT is here to help! The organisation is running a free energy advice service for people in South Holland, called ‘Warm Homes’.

Residents can request a FREE home energy advice visit from an impartial advisor and receive a goodie bag. In addition to advising on how best to use energy in the home to reduce bills, the advisor will complete an energy comparison to ensure residents are on the best tariff for them, help them to access information on the national £140 Warm Home Discount and look into potential funding for home energy efficiency improvements.

The project launched at the end of 2017, and has already managed to record potential behaviour change savings of over £3,500. Plus, the current average saving on tariff switching is £243 per household per annum.

“We aim to provide households with the information and resources needed to stay warm and healthy,” explains Project Officer Danette O’Hara. “There is an estimated 3,000+ households in the area that are estimated to be fuel poor, so we’re looking to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The funding for this project has been granted to PECT by the Fenland Green Power Co-operative, which until recently owned two turbines at Vine House Farm in Deeping St Nicholas, funded by a members’ subscription of over 1,000 share holders.

Those two turbines produce an annual output of 9.5million kWh, sufficient for powering over 2,000 homes and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 5,000 tonnes a year. Fenland Green Power Co-operative distributes profits to co-operative members and to community funds, such as sustainable energy educational activities.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this service quickly though – the project is due to be completed by March 2018. To book your FREE energy advice home visit, call 01733866440 or email warmhomes@pect.org.uk. For more information, visit www.pect.org.uk.

To find out more about the Fenland Green Power Co-Operative take a look at www.fens.coop. The project is supported by South Holland District Council.