Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is a local charity supporting older people and has been successful in securing additional funding to offer free and impartial home energy checks for the over 60s.
Keeping warm in the colder months is a huge issue for many homeowners who live in Shropshire. Many people live in poorly insulated houses which are not on the main gas grid and are therefore expensive to heat. Shockingly around 285 older people die every winter in Shropshire from cold-related causes.
The free advisory service is delivered in partnership with Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and Marches Energy Agency. The charity wants to stress it is not trying to sell anything, the one hour visit will offer impartial advice to make homes warmer and could save money on heating bills.
Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK STW, said: “With temperatures plummeting to minus 13 in some parts of Shropshire last winter and significant snowfall we are urging older people to think ahead and prepare their homes for the coming winter months. This scheme is always very popular, I am delighted we have 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 please do pick up the phone and talk to us.’
If you would like a free Home Energy Check call Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin on 01743 233123.