District Council helps residents tackle cold homes and high bills

Screen-Shot-2014-06-09-at-14.47.56If you are worried about rising fuel costs this winter or are thinking of improving the energy efficiency of your home, there’s free and impartial advice available to you when you call the Home Energy Team at the Centre of Sustainable Energy (CSE).

South Somerset District Council (SSDC), along with other Somerset Local Authorities, work in partnership with the Bristol based charity to provide advice on how to lower energy bills  and improve the energy efficiency of the homes in Somerset.

Ian Preston, Head of Household Energy Services at CSE says “rising energy bills are a big concern for a lot of people we speak to across Somerset but the good news is that there are lots you can do to keep them as low as possible. Applying for the Warm Home Discount, improving the heating system and insulating your home can all help”.

The Home Energy Team have recently produced some easy-to-read versions of their energy advice leaflets which can be found on their website at www.cse.org.uk/easy-read-leaflets. There are five new easy-to-read leaflets including:

  • Central heating controls – making the most of your heating system
  • Dealing with damp and mould in your home
  • Gas and electricity – how to read your meters
  • Tips on how to save energy and money at home
  • Using a night storage heater

Giving your home a bit of love is important. If your house or flat is uninsulated and draughty, and if your appliances are inefficient, then you are wasting money and making yourself less comfortable and warm. Call the Home Energy Team on 0800 082 2234 to help make your home more energy efficient.

Councillor Carol Goodall, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health said, “Free help is always available from the Home Energy Team and they are very happy to provide advice and help. They offer extensive support to residents across Somerset and have years of experience with helping to lower energy bills and making your home warmer and more comfortable. You do not have accept the advice offer, but we would urge those residents who might be worried about heating their homes this coming autumn and winter to give the Home Energy Team a call”.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy are an independent national charity which shares their knowledge and experience to help people change the way they think and act on energy.