Age UK has announced that it is working with two energy companies E.ON and First Utility to support older people to keep safe and warm this winter. From September 2016 through to March 2017, the Handyman service will be able to carry out free home energy checks.
The aim of the checks is to deliver practical energy efficiency information and expert advice to older people. The project will enable older people to change energy use behaviour and benefit from small practical measures which could potentially reduce their energy bills whilst remaining warm and well in their own homes.
The home energy check will include
- A thorough assessment of the clients circumstances, usage of energy, hot water system and insulation.
- Give basic advice on how to keep warm and save energy.
- Supply and install simple energy efficiency measures (draught excluders, letter box brushes, radiator foil, sockets timers and other items).
- Where applicable refer onto other Age UK and external services for further support.
To qualify you must be
- Over 65 and on low income (below £16,190 p.a) and / or
- Over 65 and vulnerable (with a physical or mental disability or a medical condition) or living in a hard to heat property.
100 homes benefited last winter. In order to feel the full benefit of this check AgeUK would like to assess as many homes as possible before the cold winter months set in. One home-owner actually told them that their home is now 30% warmer after their visit.
To make a referral, or for more information, please contact Domestic Services on 01422 262022.
Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees
12 New Street
Huddersfield HD1 2AR
Tel: 01422 262022
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