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Helping to keep homes warm in the Chichester District

Introduction

Homeowners across the Chichester District are being offered free home visits from qualified energy assessors to help them get the best deal on their energy. As well as offering advice on using heating controls effectively, they also offer help on saving energy at home.


Letters have been delivered to eligible households with details on how to book a free home visit.

Councillor Janet Duncton, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning at Chichester District Council, says: "If you have not booked yet don't worry, there is still time to arrange a visit.

"The assessors will help you get the best deal on your energy, as well as offering advice on saving energy in your home. There will also be up to £50 of free energy saving equipment available, such as draught-proofing, hot water tank jackets, and energy monitors."

The energy assessors will also carry out a survey of the property, and subject to criteria and availability, may offer free insulation. And they will signpost a range of wider assistance, such as the Warm Front grant for heating and insulation.

The free home visits from qualified energy assessors are managed by Climate Energy.

The visits are part of the 'Warmer West Sussex' programme, a scheme, involving all the district and borough councils in West Sussex, including Chichester District Council. The scheme was awarded £617,800 from the Department of Health to help tackle fuel poverty and increase emergency response capacity during cold weather across West Sussex.

Chichester District Wellbeing, along with the other local wellbeing hubs, are supporting this programme. The Prevention Assessment Teams, Carer's Support Service and Age UK West Sussex are also supporting it.

The scheme is only running until the end of March and places are limited. To book a free home visit or for more information please call 0800 054 6815 or go online to www.westsussexenergy.co.uk/warm.

If you are struggling with paying your energy bills or keeping your home warm, please ring 0800 054 6815.

For more information on Chichester District Wellbeing, please call 01243 521041 or email health@chichester.gov.uk