04-02-2016 by 
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14 local residents and representatives of community groups came together yesterday at St Wilfrids Community Hall in Lidget Green to attend the launch of our new energy saving project.

Residents of Lidget Green and Scholemoor can now access a year-long package of support to help reduce energy bills and make heating a home more affordable. We will be working with a number of local groups and can attend events and do one-to-one home energy visits.

It was evident from the launch yesterday that key issues are the lack of access to the internet to find cheaper energy deals and general confusion around billing and payments. We will be using our ipad and mobile wi-fi to take residents through the process of comparing energy companies and the switching process (if wanted).

A home visit will cover the following topics:

  • Comparing and switching energy suppliers - the average household can save over £200 per year by shopping around for their energy company

  • Warm Home Discount payment - Energy companies make a payment of £140 to help low income households with their winter energy bills (eligibility criteria apply)

  • Boilers and insulation - The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Affordable Warmth scheme offers help towards replacement boilers and repairs to eligible households.

  • Low cost energy saving measures - We can make referrals to a partner organisation if a household would benefit from low cost measures such as draught proofing, radiator foils and light bulbs (winter only, limited availability and subject to approval).

  • Controlling the heating - We can explain heating controls such as timers and thermostats and show how to use these controls to reduce energy use.

  • Energy saving tips - We can use energy monitors and meters to show households how much electricity different appliances use and how much they cost to run.

  • Water costs - there are schemes to help low income households with water costs. Installing a water meter is also more cost effective if there are only one or two people in the property.

To access advice:

Any resident in the area can request a home visit by contacting Kate on 07738 818391 or by emailing Organisations or community groups can also make referrals on behalf of their clients online through this link:

This project is funded by the Northern Powergrid Community Energy Seed Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.