New free fuel advice service is launched
A NEW free service has been launched to help people save on fuel bills.
Macclesfield-based housing association Peaks and Plains Housing Trust has launched the Smart Energy Team.
Funded by Cheshire East Council, it aims to help people from all over the region save money – although its main focus is on people who are most at risk of fuel poverty, such as older people or families with small children.
The team will carry out a home visit and give advice to help people reduce their energy usage and find the cheapest energy tariffs available to them. They are even offering cookery classes to help people make the most of leftovers and save even more.
The team takes referrals from a wide range of other support agencies, but you can also contact them directly to access help and advice.
Since they are not linked to any energy provider, you can be sure that the advice you receive is impartial and balanced.
Rebecca Parr, energy support officer, said: “Times are tight for a lot of us at the moment, and since the project has been running we’ve met lots of people who are struggling to pay expensive fuel bills.
“So far we’ve been able to help people save an average of £150 per year, so it’s definitely worthwhile getting in touch.
“We’re really excited to offer this service to everyone in Cheshire East and we hope to help lots more people save money.”
Rebecca’s fellow energy support officer is called Sophie Nichols.
Anyone who feels that they, or someone then know, could benefit from the service can get in touch on 0800 012 1311 or email smartenergy@ peaksplains.org
●● Sophie Nichols (left) and Rebecca Parr from the new Smart Energy Team funded by Cheshire East Council