New scheme to help tackle ‘fuel poverty’

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A new initiative to support “fuel poor” households is set to be launched this weekend in Scarborough.

“Choices 4 Energy” will be a new flagship scheme that will operate out of a shop in Hanover Road, backed up by a mobile caravan unit, which will tour the rural areas of the borough.

The advice shop and mobile unit will provide face-to-face advice for residents on how to stay warm, reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint, be a source of information on ECO funding and “Green Deal”, the new government initiative designed to help business and home owners to employ more green technologies in their properties, and be a place where people can buy energy efficiency products.

The initiative is being delivered by Scarborough Council together with partner organisations, Yorkshire Energy Partnership, White Rose Home Improvement Agency, Yorkshire Coast Homes, Home Group and Sanctuary Group.

Green party councillor Dilys Cluer said: “I’m delighted that residents of the borough will finally have a place to go for impartial advice on saving energy and money; somewhere to talk to a live person and see actual examples of some of the measures they could take. This has been a dream of mine for years, and now it is actually happening thanks to the council’s sustainability policy and the hard work of councillors and officers on our sustainability working group.”

The Choices 4 Energy shop at 8/9 Hanover Road will be officially opened by Scarborough’s mayor Helen Mallory on Saturday at 11am. Local residents are invited to come along and be the shop’s first customers and there will also be an opportunity to enter a prize draw.