Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Free drop-in energy saving sessions available to help reduce fuel bills

“Save in summer, be warm in winter”, is the message that is being sent to the district’s households as we approach the lighter spring and summer days.

Warwick District Council is working in partnership with the energy conservation charity, Act on Energy in a campaign to encourage local residents to save money on their energy bills during the warmer months in preparation for the more expensive winter charges. 

To help spread the message, Act on Energy is organising a number free drop-in energy saving days, the first of which will take place on Wednesday 18 April at the Brunswick Hub in Leamington Spa from 10:30am to 12:30pm, with further events at:

  • Packmores Community Centre in Warwick on 23 May
  • Sydni Centre in Leamington Spa on 18 June

Representatives from the charity will be at these events to give energy and money saving advice and support. They can also offer information on grants which are available to help with the cost of things like loft and roof insulation and boiler installations, for residents who are on low incomes, have a health condition, are over 65 years of age, have small children or are on a pre-payment meter.  

Warwick District Council’s representative for Brunswick Ward, Councillor Kristie Naimo said: 

“We know there are high cases of fuel poverty in Brunswick so I'm pleased to see this initiative being rolled out in the ward. There is some great support from Act on Energy available which I hope will reach the people who need it.”

Portfolio Holder for Health and Community Protection, Councillor Andrew Thompson comments:

“I’m delighted to support these energy awareness sessions that will provide vital information to those in need, giving access to grants and money advice that will help bring people out of fuel poverty.”

Deb Saunders from Brunswick Hub said:

“In Brunswick ward where 26% of children live in poverty and we are the biggest users of food banks in the district, this money-saving initiative will be very welcome to those in our community who are struggling.”

Rosie Hermitage, Project Officer from Act on Energy added:

"Funding for heating systems and insulation has increased hugely in the last year which allows us to help more people than ever before! If you need assistance for making improvements to the heating of your home or are concerned about paying your energy bills then this event could help you….put the date on your calendar and check it out"

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