Locals can now get extra support to help cut their energy bills and make their homes more energy efficient thanks to the new Energy at Home Advice Service supported by the Council.
The Energy at Home Advice Service offers a wide range of energy related guidance and can help you find out what grants and finance options are available.
For example Bath & North East Somerset Council is currently offering a generous top-up grant of up to £7,000 for solid wall insulation.
The Advice Service has already received hundreds of enquiries from residents wanting to know how to make their homes warmer, greener and cheaper to run.
Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Leader of Council, said: “The Advice Service is part of the Energy at Home Scheme, which Bath & North East Somerset Council has been developing with local partners over the last two years.
“The B&NES Energy at Home Scheme is designed to make it easier for our residents to make energy saving home improvements.
“This helps us address a number of potential issues including fuel poverty, the risk of illness to people living in cold homes, and the level of domestic carbon emissions.
“At the same time it will be helping local businesses to benefit from the work this creates.”
The Energy at Home website www.energyathome.org.uk is full of useful information about the different energy saving measures, grants and finance available to help install energy saving home improvements, and guidance for if you live in an old property.
The Advice Service is available Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, and on Saturday mornings 9am-12pm.
To get in contact freephone 0800 038 5680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak to an advisor face to face, you can drop in to the One Stop Shop on Manvers Street, Bath, on the first Friday of each month between 10am and 12pm.
Where appropriate, the Advice Service can book you in for a home energy assessment, that produces a report showing which energy saving measures are suitable for your home. This additional service is free to those in receipt of qualifying benefits.
The Advice Service can talk you through the report and help you understand your options. If you want to have some of the measures installed, they can help you find a certified installer.
Local businesses in the construction trade are encouraged to get in touch with the Energy at Home Trade Support Team who can offer highly subsidised training in sustainable construction and Green Deal certification, and reduced membership to the Council’s Trading Standards “Buy with Confidence” scheme.
Freephone 0800 038 5688, email email@example.com or visit www.energyathome.org.uk/trade-support for more details.