HOUSEHOLDS struggling to afford rising energy costs will be given a helping hand as part of a new deal to insulate their homes.
The Government-led Green Deal is to provide free insulation, draft-proofing and double glazing.
This will be paid for through a loan and paid back in monthly instalments on energy bills.
A spokesman for the Green Deal, said: “To get energy efficiency measures installed under the Green Deal, you first have to have your property assessed – which you may have to pay for – to find out what improvements can be made and how much you could save on energy.
“If you go ahead, a Green Deal provider, such as British Gas and Npower, will provide a loan which can cover all or part of the cost.”
The Energy Saving Trust estimates it will cost £350 to insulate a three bedroom home.
Philip Furner, an advice session supervisor, at Blackpool Citizens Advice Bureau, is urging people to take advantage of the plan.
He said: “The idea is people shouldn’t have to pay more than what they already pay on their energy bill, so it’s no extra cost.
“Once the money is paid back you would start to make savings on other bills because it covers improvements on your energy and it’s a long term investment.
For any more information call Blackpool Care and Repair on (01253) 651555 or the you can also call Energy Savings Trust on (0300) 123 1234 to book an assessment on your home.