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New initiative aims to help Lichfield and Burntwood residents beat energy price hikes

A local group is calling on Lichfield and Burntwood residents to beat the rocketing price of energy bills.

A new Retrofit Lichfield campaign has been launched by Southern Staffordshire Community Energy (SSCE) in a bid to improve the efficiency of homes across the district over the next three years.

The group say many households are missing out on Government-backed schemes that provide subsidised measures to help them save energy and cut bills. Poor marketing has been blamed for residents failing to sign up for help with new boilers, solid wall insulation and cavity wall insulation.

Christine Hale and Kate Sadler at the newly insulated home on Trent Valley Road

Christine Hale and Kate Sadler at the newly insulated home on Trent Valley Road

Kate Sadler, SSCE Project Manager, said: “The big rises in energy prices are a huge worry for many households already struggling with static incomes and rising costs.

“We are determined to try and make sure that Lichfield residents are made fully aware of the range of subsidies available for a whole variety of energy saving measures and that they get the maximum help possible.”

To help residents identify the opportunities SSCE is offering to provide free initial advice to to enable people to understand how they could benefit. This will include information on the various subsidies available and whether it is worth seeking a Green Deal Assessment, which are being offered by a variety of businesses.

The group has already helped local householders, including Christine Hale who had work done to improve the energy usage in her Trent Valley Road home.

“They helped us to get subsidised external wall insulation for home which has made a tremendous difference to our comfort and also makes the house look so much nicer,” she said.

For more information on the energy-saving schemes contact Kate Sadler on 07565 963282 or email katecoenergy@gmail.com.

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