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ANYONE wanting to cut their heating and electricity bills will be able to pick up some useful tips at a special event taking place in Parson Drove in a fortnight’s time.

Parson Drove is Fenland’s first Green Community and local residents have joined with Fenland District Council to organise the “Renewable Energy Event” at the village hall on November 5, 10am-1pm.

Various experts will be on hand to advise people on how to become more efficient in their use of energy and how to capitalise on different forms of renewable energy.

Solar power is one “green” option and people don’t necessarily have to buy solar panels to benefit from it. They can rent out their roofs to a provider.

Advice on that will be available on the day, as well as details on grants that are on offer for external wall insulation and heating from a renewable source such as a heat pump.

Visitors will also be able to ask any questions about planning issues and there’ll be special activities for children.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “Rising fuel prices and the squeeze on many people’s incomes mean that it’s more important than ever to find ways of cutting those energy bills – and it’s vital for the environment, too.

“There’ll be something for everyone on the day – and even a chance to win £150 in our energy-saving competition.”

• This week (October 24-28) is National Energy Saving Week, an annual event led by the Energy Saving Trust. The Trust says that the average home can save up to £280 a year by being energy-efficient. Its top tips include:

• Installing wall insulation

• Consider replacing your boiler with a condensing model

• Defrost your fridge freezer regularly

• Wrap up your hot water tank with a jacket

• Close your curtains at dusk

• Buy energy-efficient light bulbs

For more information or advice call the Trust on 0800-512012 or visit: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.