Help for families struggling with fuel bills

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People struggling to pay their fuel bills will be able to get expert advice on cutting energy costs thanks to a new initiative.

The Northamptonshire Energy Saving Service will give vulnerable people guidance on how to stay warm, boost energy efficiency and secure grants and loans to carry out work.

The advice service has been made possible after the county council secured £255,000 funding from the Department of Health following a successful pilot project delivered by Northampton Borough Council last year.

The expansion of the scheme this year will be a partnership between the county council, borough and district councils, Age UK, Groundwork and advice charity, Community Law Service.

Cllr Ben Smith, county council cabinet member for environment said: “Energy efficiency and sustainable ways of keeping warm in winter are extremely important from an environmental point of view.

“However these measures also make sense from an economic perspective because with increasing fuel costs it is becoming more and more expensive to heat our homes.

“We now have more innovative ways of insulating our homes than ever before and by taking a few simple measures there can be a significant impact on fuel bills.

“However, many people find this information difficult to access and this is where this new initiative steps in.”

The project aims to reduce the number of deaths and ill health due to cold housing, with particular attention to the most vulnerable.

Information packs are to be distributed and there will also be workshops and community events.

It will be delivered through a number of dedicated events around the county including workshops, community events, as well Some of the first energy-saving drop-in sessions will be held at the Community Law Service shop, 32 High Street, Rushden, from Monday, February 25, until Friday, March 1.

For information about the drop-ins visit or contact or call 01604 623708.

For more information about how to save energy and reduce you fuel bills visit