Isle residents who are struggling to deal with energy costs, could get more help and advice in the future.
North Lincolnshire Council is working with Change Agents UK to provide more support in this area for vulnerable people, such as the elderly, disabled and low income families.
This is through the ‘Big Energy Saving Network’ scheme that aims to raise awareness of energy tariffs, options for switching energy supplier and home efficiency improvements, as well as understanding your energy bill.
It seeks to reach people through existing community groups. Groups can put themselves forward to receive a one-hour impartial session - to encourage people to take actions that can reduce fuel bills.
The scheme will offer free focused training for frontline staff from community groups and local agencies that have regular contact with vulnerable users. Sessions start in 2014.
The council partnered with Change Agents UK after making a successful bid to the Department of Energy and Climate Change Big Energy Saving Network to offer the targeted advice to North Lincolnshire’s energy users.
Coun Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for Highways and Neighbourhoods, said: “With the winter months ahead of us, it’s essential that vulnerable people are kept warm in their own homes, and not be worried about turning the heating on because of the cost. The Big Energy Saving Network scheme aims to raise awareness of the different options available to ensure peoples’ homes are energy efficient.
“We know how important it was to help the most vulnerable people to find ways of reducing their energy bills, either by making simple changes in their home or by switching energy supplier. Working alongside Change Agents UK we will be able to offer impartial advice to these people, and hopefully in turn reduce their energy costs.”