Keeping warm in the colder months is a big issue for some of Shropshire’s homeowners. Many people live in poorly insulated houses which are not on the main gas grid and are therefore expensive to heat. Around 285 older people die every winter in Shropshire from cold-related causes.
Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin has been successful in securing additional funding to offer free home energy checks for the over 60s. The free advisory service is delivered in partnership with Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and Marches Energy Agency. The one-hour visit will offer impartial advice to make homes warmer and could save money on heating bills.
Age UK’s Heather Osborne explains, “With snowfall and temperatures plummeting to -13C in some parts of Shropshire last winter, we’re urging older people to think ahead and prepare their homes for the coming months. I’m delighted we’ve been able to secure the funding for a third year running to support older people keep their homes warm. Last year we visited over 100 older people who were desperate for help to reduce their energy bills but didn’t know where to turn, so do pick up the phone and talk to us.”
If you’d like a free energy check, call on 01743 233123.