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Support available for Huntingdon residents to help cut their winter fuel bills

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Are you looking to save money on your energy bills this winter? Would you like to cut carbon and make a difference for the environment?

The charity PECT is running its FREE Warm Homes energy advice service in Huntingdon this winter, thanks to a £19,000 grant from UK Power Networks’ Power Partners fund.

UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distribution network, is awarding around £300,000 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.

Kerry Potter, Consumer Vulnerability Manager for UK Power Networks, said: “We are working alongside our partners helping to create positive change for individuals and communities most in need. Working in partnership with PECT we are able to reach out to the people who will benefit most from extra help to keep warm this winter by finding ways to reduce their energy costs.

“One of the biggest barriers to getting support is not knowing about it. This partnership enables us to share the information with those who may need the help. By working in partnership with organisations like PECT we can make sure people are safer and more comfortable in their home, which can improve their quality of life and make them feel cared for.”

Now’s the ideal time to get in touch with the charity, with the news from climate experts at University College London that 2020 is predicted to be the coldest winter since 2013. There is substantial evidence of the detrimental impact of fuel poverty on people’s physical and mental health.

“Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is held on 29th November 2019. We’re keen to raise awareness of the support available for those who are struggling to pay their fuel bills,” explains PECT’s Project Officer Nikki Dekker. “There’s lots of solutions available, and we aim to support residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills or cannot keep their home at a sufficient temperature.

The project aims to help 100s 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.

PECT has partnered with Chorus Homes to offer households in Huntingdon access to the free energy advice service. 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!

To book your FREE energy advice home visit or to simply find out more, call the Warm Homes Project Officer Nikki Dekker 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/WarmHomes.