Save energy

Residents are being offered the chance to have experts examine their homes to show them how they could save both energy and cash.

Fenland District Council has won funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to pay for 22 energy efficiency assessments worth £150 each.

The assessment will take about two or three hours and will lead to a report identifying possible improvements.

Once residents have received the report there will be a follow-up interview to see what they thought about the process and whether they would consider having measures installed.

They would have to agree to this interview to be eligible for a free assessment. However, there is

no obligation to take any action in response to the report’s findings.

Applications must be in by the end of March.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “Ideally, we are hoping to assess a mixture of common Fenland property types. So if we receive a large number of applicants, properties will be selected that represent various different kinds of building and their occupants.

“In particular, we would like applications from people who may have an old or inefficient boiler, do not use gas to heat their home or have solid brick walls without a cavity.”

The assessments are part of the Government’s preparatory work for the Green Deal, the new programme designed to help people make energy-saving improvements to their homes without having to pay all the costs up front.

• If you would like to be considered for a free assessment, call Isabel Edgington, FDC’s senior environmental projects officer, on 01354 654321 or e-mail before the end of March.