Shoppers can now get free advice about saving money on their heating bills at their local supermarket.
The council’s energy shop advice service will be touring supermarkets across the borough in February and March.
The event has traditionally been held in one venue, but this year council bosses decided to hold the energy shop in supermarkets due to the wider range of customers that pass through the door.
The energy shop will benefit anyone, of any age and income, who is thinking of getting a new boiler, switching energy suppliers, having insulation fitted or those who simply want to reduce energy bills.
Information will be available about the council’s new insulation scheme, which is open to all residents in the borough for free or from as little as £50 (subject to availability and a survey).
Free energy saving equipment such as a standby saver and energy monitor will also be available (subject to availability).
The energy shop advice service will be touring on the following dates: Thursday, February 17 in Asda, Brackley Street; Thursday, February 24 in Asda, Blackburn Road; Monday, February 28 in Sainsbury’s, Trinity Street; and Tuesday, March 8 in Morrisons on Chorley Old Rd. Advisors will be available between 9am and 4pm.
Last year more than 1000 people who visited the shop pledged to save energy and a further 350 visitors were found to be eligible for grants.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Housing, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “We have already helped thousands of residents to save energy and money and we’re hoping that will continue.
“A lot of people think they’re not eligible for help but I’d encourage residents to come along as they might be surprised. Holding the advice shops in supermarkets is ideal because their footfall means we will have an even wider reach.”
For more information on the insulation scheme and for some energy saving tips, visit the website listed on the right hand side,
The Energy Saving Trust also provides advice on energy efficiency, contact 0800 512 012 for details.