Lambeth scheme helps householders save up to £300 on energy bills

If you own or rent a home in the private sector and want to cut your energy bills by up to £300 a year, then Lambeth Council could help. The council in partnership with the Greater London Energy Efficiency Network (GLEEN) is carrying out a year long programme of home visits to help local residents reduce their fuel bills.

Called ‘warmer homes’, this free service offers homeowners and private tenants an opportunity to benefit from a home energy assessment carried out by a trained adviser. Up to 1,374 homes are expected to benefit from this programme.

In addition to carrying out the energy audits, the adviser can also suggest lifestyle changes that could help reduce energy use and assess householders’ eligibility for relevant grants or discount schemes – they can also make referrals to these schemes.

The home visits will initially take place in the Knights Hill and St. Leonards wards of the borough and will be available until 31 January 2011. The service is also available to vulnerable householders in privately rented or owned accommodation – those over 65 or in receipt of an income or disability related benefit – regardless of where they live in Lambeth.

Councillor Lib Peck, Lambeth Council cabinet member for housing and regeneration said: “With the recent cold weather and the prospect of higher than normal bills this quarter, a scheme like this can really make a difference. It’s not a short term fix for this winter alone – the changes that can be made are long term and sustainable, benefiting the family purse and ultimately the environment”.

If you fulfil the above criteria and would like to book an appointment for an energy audit, call GLEEN on 0800 652 3158. People living in social housing should contact their landlord where there are issues with fuel bills or affordable warmth, or call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 for free, impartial advice on energy efficiency and reducing fuel bills.



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