Energy Visitors team set to warm up homes

Jo Williamson and Emma Pagett

Jo Williamson and Emma Pagett

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ARUN District Council is offering help this winter to residents who struggle to keep their homes warm.

Home Energy Visitors, a team from the council, are able to help those on a low income, those who are struggling to pay energy bills, or are worried about keeping warm this winter.

The team can offer a variety of ways to help heat homes more efficiently.

Home Energy Visitors can offer advice on how you can change your tariff and save up to £412 per year, advice on how to claim the discounts you may be entitled to.

They can also advise you about access to free or subsidised insulation, as well as helping you with information about fitting energy efficient devices and monitors to see how much energy you are using.

If you pay more than £80 a month on fuel bills then you might qualify for the free service.

Having a cold or damp home can lead to health problems or make existing issues worse.

Cllr Paul Wothersoon, cabinet member for community services, said: “It’s not just older people who need our help; it’s those with young children or people of any age who are struggling to pay their bills and feel warm enough at home.

“I would like to encourage those on low incomes to ring their supplier to see if they qualify for the Warm Homes Discount.

“Just five minutes could save you £140 on your electricity bill.”

For further advice or to arrange a home visit, call the Home Energy Visitors, Emma Pagett or Jo Williamson, on 01903 737862.

Alternatively, you can email info@arunwellbeing.org.uk.

For more information on energy efficiency from the Arun District Council, visit www.arun.gov.uk/energy-efficiency.