New scheme launched to help Wakefield residents cut fuel bills

Date: 08/04/2014
Ref: PR 4528

A new Council-backed scheme is being launched to help Wakefield residents to keep warm and save money on energy bills.

Glow Warm Wakefield is a government-backed energy efficiency scheme being delivered by regeneration specialist Keepmoat, in partnership with Wakefield Council.

The scheme offers replacement boilers, cavity wall and loft insulation at little or no cost to home owners and private tenants across the district who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

It is estimated that that over 13,000 households across the Wakefield district are currently in fuel poverty.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: "In these tough times, it's important that people don't fall into fuel poverty and we are doing all we can to offer support and guidance so residents can keep warm and save money.

"This scheme will help people with their energy bills and I encourage anyone that is struggling with heating costs to get in touch us as soon as possible for more information about the scheme."

Steve Batty, Head of Sustainability at Keepmoat, said: "This is an exciting scheme for the district, enabling qualifying residents to save money on energy bills and make their homes warmer.

"As energy bills continue to rise, the benefits of warmer homes, particularly for those most in need, are well-documented and far-reaching, so we would encourage anyone who is eligible to take advantage of the works that are on offer.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Wakefield Council on this scheme."

Eligibility for the scheme is subject to survey and other qualifying criteria.

For more information or to register interest in the scheme, please call 0800 0560995 or 01924 850412, or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/energy

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