Warm Homes has helped 450 households enjoy affordable warmth!

The energy advice service, Warm Homes Peterborough, has reached a milestone after completing its 450th free home visit – helping residents to potentially save an average of £173 on their household bills!

The project is run by the independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) and funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. It aims to help city residents save money and improve the energy efficiency of their homes, whilst also lowering the carbon footprint of local communities and conserving limited natural resources.

Through a home visit, PECT’s trained and impartial staff can advise on energy tariffs, available grant funding and positive behavioural measures. Plus residents will receive a free pack containing items to help save energy in the home.

Warm Homes Peterborough has made a big difference to many local residents’ lives. The project recently visited Mr and Mrs Withers in Orton Goldhay. Mr Withers had suffered a period of ill health due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems aggravated by the cold, meaning that it was more important than ever for the couple to keep the household warm for health and well-being.

Through helping them to access available grant funding and switching tariffs, the couple could be in line for some real savings: “Prior to the visit we hadn’t been fully aware of how expensive an ‘Economy 7’ electric meter can be if you use the vast majority of your electric in the day time, and didn’t know about the £140 Warm Home Discount that we are eligible to receive,” says Mrs Withers.

“By exchanging our ‘Economy 7’ electric meter, changing tariff and applying for the £140 Warm Home Discount we will save around £380 over the coming year, with hardly any hassle!”

Residents in the Peterborough wards of Paston, Ravensthorpe, Orton Longueville, Orton Goldhay, Orton Malborne and Westwood are entitled to the service, whether or not they own their home. To book your free home visit please call 01733 882540 or email hugh.smith@pect.org.uk. For further details, visit www.pect.org.uk/warmhomes.