Free energy checks are being offered to Kirklees Council housing tenants to help tackle rising energy prices.
The council has teamed up with the national charity Groundwork to help council tenants find cheaper energy tariffs and energy-saving solutions.
There has been a significant rise in gas and electricity bills since April, leaving many households struggling to afford the costs. Tenants are being encouraged to take advantage of the free service to help them save money on their bills.
Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for housing and democracy, said: “With the recent rise in energy costs, we know many of our tenants are facing a stark choice between eating or heating.
“I’m pleased we are able to offer tenants support by working with Groundwork to help save them money on their energy bills and discover other energy-saving solutions.
“We also have a dedicated money advice team who are able to support our tenants with everything from managing finances and benefit claims to dealing with debt. We would urge anyone struggling to give them a call on 01484 414975.”
The scheme, carried out by qualified energy advisors, is open to 3,500 council homes across Kirklees and is designed to help check tenants’ energy tariffs to make sure they are not overpaying.
Surveyors also recommend the most efficient settings for boilers, identify repairs which can reduce thermal loss, as well as tips on how to stay warm.
Text messages are being sent out to tenants asking if they would like to take up a free survey of their home by a green doctor or they can register their interest at HN.Communication@kirklees.gov.uk .
Simon Kilshaw, Groundwork green doctor manager, said: “Our aim with the green doctor scheme has been to support people who are most vulnerable to rising energy costs. Since the scheme was launched, we have helped over 60,000 households shave many hundreds of pounds off their energy bills.
“With the extension of our scheme to Kirklees social housing residents, it is satisfying to learn we can help more households stay warm, stay well, and save money on their household bills as well as contribute to carbon reduction goals.”