To support Rushcliffe residents with their energy bills this winter, local charity Groundwork Five Counties has received funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Funding (UKSPF).
The money will be used by the charity’s Green Doctor, a free advice service that provides energy support to local households to help people save energy, reduce bills, and live in a warmer, more comfortable home.
Over 150 households and around 400 people in the borough are set to benefit from this free service, which is open to anyone to apply for.
Penny Halewood, Head of Communities and Impact at Groundwork Five Counties, says: “Far too often we hear of people not wanting to put their heating on due to energy costs, even in the middle of winter.
“Living in the cold can make people ill, impact children’s development, exacerbate existing health problems, and cause or worsen issues within the property such as frozen water pipes, damp and mould.
“Our Green Doctors can identify the cause of heat loss in your home, such as draughty windows or doors, identify and tackle damp and mould problems and give useful tips on saving energy. They can also support you with paying off energy or water debt, switching energy providers, and accessing emergency heating or financial support from the government.
“Energy and water efficiency items can be provided, such as draught excluders, energy saving light bulbs and reflective radiator panels, to help keep the heat in.
“Our Green Doctors are fully trained, friendly and empathetic. They’ll visit your home to have a chat about the issues you’re facing and come up with practical solutions that work for you. This service is completely free of charge and without judgement.
“We want people to be able to stay warm and healthy this winter – and with energy costs still so high, we’re needed now more than ever.”
To find out more about the Green Doctors and to access free support, please visit the Groundwork Five Counties website at www.groundwork.org.uk/fivecounties/green-doctor/, email email@example.com, or call 0115 978 8212.
Other sources of help
For more information about help, advice and support available with energy bills and the cost of living in general, please visit . You can also contact Citizens Advice for assistance with a range of issues.