Drop in for some free energy advice 

22/02/10

Bolton Council and NHS Bolton are hosting the annual Keep Warm, Keep Well event next week.

The event will be open between 10am and 4pm from Tuesday March 2 until Thursday March 4 at 33 Victoria Square, Bolton (NHS Bolton’s new information and advice drop-in for mental well-being).

In previous years the event has helped thousands of residents to save energy and money by keeping their homes at a healthy temperature.

As well as receiving a free energy-saving lightbulb and a PowerDown plug-in energy saver, visitors also have the chance to enter a free draw to win hats, gloves, scarves, and thermos flasks.

The event will give advice and information to anyone who is thinking of getting a new boiler, switching energy suppliers, having insulation fitted or those who simply want to reduce energy bills. And staff will explain how warm, dry homes help support good health.

Councillor Nick Peel, Bolton’s Executive Member for Housing, Neighbourhoods and Regulation said: “I would urge anyone who wants to learn about how to save more energy to drop in for a chat as there are so many small changes that can make a big difference.

“We all need to do our bit to save energy and remember that using less gas and electricity will not only improve the health of our planet but also helps improve the health of household finances too.”

Leesa Kahraman, a Health Development Specialist at NHS Bolton’s Public Health Department said there’s a strong link between keeping warm and keeping well.

“Cold, damp and draughty homes can make many health problems worse, including respiratory conditions, heart disease and joint problems,” she said. “Recent survey results show that one in seven adults in Bolton struggle to heat their homes properly, but there’s a lot of help available.”

Last year more than 1,000 people who visited the shop pledged to save energy and a further 350 visitors were found to be eligible for grants contributing to improving the insulation of their home or fitting a new boiler.

If you cannot attend the event, the Energy Saving Trust advice centre can offer advice on energy efficiency grants so please contact them on 0800 512012.

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