Residents worried about keeping their home warm as the weather gets colder can access a range of help and support.
Bolton Council, together with its partners Bolton at Home, Bolton College and Bolton Money Skills, have a number of schemes available as part of their Winter Warmth campaign.
The campaign is aimed at keeping households warm during the winter months but there is help and advice available to people all year round.
As well as general advice for any household on how to be more energy efficient, with the potential to save hundreds of pounds each year, there are dedicated schemes for people struggling to pay energy bills.
The Better Behaving Boiler scheme is a central heating grant for owner occupiers who are on low incomes and do not have a working central heating system. This grant may be available to residents who are on particular benefits but are not eligible for other grant assistance from national schemes.
People who have ill health and no working central heating system may be able to access the Healthy Heating grant, if they receive a disability benefit and are referred by a health professional.
Residents over the age of 60 can give their home a ‘green’ makeover via the Green Handyperson scheme by fitting small energy saving measures such as draught proofing, energy saving light bulbs and radiator panels, which reflect heat back into the room.
In addition, there are Keep Warm For Less sessions across the borough for residents keen to learn how to save money on their energy bills, prevent condensation and damp, with tips on how to have a healthy home. In return for attending the session, residents will receive a £10 voucher.
The first ones take place on January 27 at Breightmet UCAN Centre and New Bury UCAN Centre, followed by sessions at Johnson Fold UCAN Centre onFebruary 16 and 24, all between 10am and 2pm.
To reserve a place on the Keep Warm For Less sessions, or for information about any of the schemes contact the Care and Repair team on 01204 328178 or visit www.bolton.gov.uk.
Deputy Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Linda Thomas, said: “So far we’ve had a relatively mild few months for the time of year but the weather has turned colder and we want to remind residents that there is help available.
“It is important for all types of households to maintain a warm home to ensure they stay healthy but we recognise that people do worry about energy bills and often sacrifice turning the heating on in order to save money. That’s why we work with our partners to deliver a range of help, advice and practical measures suitable for all circumstances.”