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PECT offers help and support for residents to receive money off their fuel bills

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Did you know that living in a cold home can have a detrimental impact on your physical and mental wellbeing? Health impacts from poorly heated homes include everything from respiratory problems through to increased levels of anxiety.

Unfortunately, inadequately heated homes are widespread across the UK, with at least 4 million households classified as ‘fuel poor’.

Environmental charity PECT is offering help and support for eligible residents to apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme, which could entitle you to £140 off your electricity, and (in some cases) gas bill, as a one-off payment to your energy account.

Most energy companies are open to applications in August and September. However, it can be confusing working out if you are eligible and how to apply, especially because energy suppliers offer different criteria and application dates.

PECT is keen to support households in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire that are struggling to pay their energy bills or cannot keep their home heated at a sufficient temperature. Ultimately the charity wants to help reduce energy costs and cut carbon for householders. So why not get in touch to see how PECT can help you?

The charity has already carried out 1,000s of free and impartial household visits through its ‘Warm Homes’ project. The support includes an ‘Energy Pack’, tariff reviews, advice on keeping homes warm and costs down, and supporting residents with grant applications.

PECT’s Warm Homes Project Officer explains why this work is so important: “Huge numbers of homeowners are unable to adequately heat their homes, and this has significant health implications and places enormous pressure on the NHS.”

“Our project ultimately seeks to tackle this growing issue by providing householders with a free helping hand to make their homes more energy efficient and to save money on their energy bills.”

To find out more about how PECT could help you, call 01733 568408, email warmhomes@pect.org.uk or visit www.pect.org.uk/WarmHomes.