New free fuel ad­vice ser­vice is launched

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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@ peak­

●● So­phie Ni­chols (left) and Re­becca Parr from the new Smart Energy Team funded by Cheshire East Coun­cil

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