Everyone is dreading their first winter fuel bill, but there is some good news regarding energy. The Footprint Trust are organising two free energy events to help Islanders find out more about energy efficiency and will be joined by other specialist organisations. There will also be information about renewable energy for the home, including solar. They will be at the Riverside Centre on Wednesday 28th October and Shanklin Primary School on Friday 30th October, from 11am to 4pm. Those attending the Newport event can have a go in a car simulator to test their green driving skills courtesy of the Energy Saving Trust.
Details of modern cavity wall insulation will be available. Most people can get their home insulated for around £400, and in some cases this can be free. This small investment can repay for itself in two cold winters. Full details of grants available will be at the events.
Trading Standards will be hand at both events to check electric blankets free of charge at the both events. The Fire Service will also be in attendance promoting free testing of smoke detectors and home safety visits.
Guidance on financial assistance available to help fight the cold will be on hand from Age Concern and Revenues & Benefits.
Details of solar energy systems, wood-burning stoves and heat pumps will be available. Local and national specialist businesses in the field of renewables energies will be present, including New World Solar.
Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery the Footprint Trust’s Warmahome project can do free home visits and give guidance on energy saving measures and arrange for insulation of Island homes. To get some help ring them on (01983) 82-22-82 to find out more about the event of free home visits.
Tel 01983 822282.