City families helped to cut energy bills

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City residents who may struggle with high energy costs this winter are being encouraged to take advantage of a free energy support advice scheme.

The Green Doctors is available to households receiving benefits or the state pension, people on a low income, and those with long-term health conditions or a disability.

The charity-funded scheme helps the average household save £350 a year.

They also offer the following, advice on reducing energy use at home, installation of energy saving devices, support for applying for larger energy or water debt relief, delivering small efficiency measures, such as LED lightbulbs and directing and connecting residents to other support organisations.

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, Ruby Sayed, said: “We want to make sure we empower our residents to take every step to save money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint at the same time.

“It’s vital that we support those facing another year of high energy costs to make their homes more energy efficient. This is important because keeping warm in the colder months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions. And it can make all the difference to the physical and mental health of vulnerable residents.”

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Eligible residents can get a free consultation by calling 0300 365 3005 or visiting: Home, heating and energy advice from the Green Doctors – City of London.

People can also be referred by someone who knows them such as a health professional, social worker, carer, neighbour or relative.

For more information watch this video which explains what the Green Doctors doGreen Doctors London – YouTube or visit the City of London Corporation website at: Getting help with the cost of living – City of London.

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