Advice on cutting your energy bills

Park View4U centre in Lytham and (below) Cath Powell.
Park View4U centre in Lytham and (below) Cath Powell.
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HOUSEHOLDS across the Fylde coast are saving hundreds of pounds on their utility bills this winter, without using any less energy.

Less UK, a community interest company promoting sustainable living, has been visiting community centres and libraries across the area advising consumers on how to reduce their bills with just a simple test.

Cath Powell MBE at Park View4U.

Cath Powell MBE at Park View4U.

Volunteers lead residents through a free Home Energy Survey, on average saving people £150 per year, which simply helps people find a cheaper energy tariff.

They also promote sustainable living solutions and educate people about green companies which assist people in their environmental endeavours.

Visitors to Park View4U, in Lytham, last week saved more than £1,000 between them.

Cath Powell, from Park View4U, said: “Now we’ve got this community centre, it’s about events that are of value to the community.

“If we can help people save a couple of hundred pounds that’s great.

“This has come about after the government initiative to cut through the red tape.

“It is confusing for people to change their tariffs, especially for people who might not be as computer literate.

“We had one chap who saved more than £200 last week.”

The company has already visited Cleveleys, Thornton and Fleetwood libraries and will tomorrow be returning to Park View4U, at Park View Playing Fields, to talk to residents.

Join the team at Park View4U on Park Road, Lytham, between 10.30am and 12.30pm and take along your utility bills to see what you can save.

Mrs Powell added: “A lot of people leave things like changing their tariff because it can be very daunting.

“They can’t believe how simple it is though.”

Less UK are today visiting Kirkham library, on Station Road, Kirkham, between 10.30am and 12.30pm to offer advice.

Kathy New, from Less UK, said: “We’ve been running bill clinics since May 2011 and on average save people £137. Our biggest individual saving was a whopping £486.”

The company can also visit homes to carry out thermal imaging surveys on buildings to identify heat loss, roof damage or heating problems.

They will then suggest the best ways to save money and give options on renewable energy sources for a home.

Ms New added: “We have more than 40 volunteers who can visit you in your home to talk to you about your energy use, and how to save money in the home.

“They can give recommendations for energy saving measures, potential cost savings and lists of local suppliers lpus further advice on grants that are available, depending on circumstances.”

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