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Winter warmers

Date: 27/11/2008           Category: Housing and Homelessness

Medway residents can keep warm and save on energy bills this winter, thanks to the council’s Coldbusters scheme. There are a number of things that residents can apply for including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy efficient light bulbs. The scheme is being delivered by the council and its partner the Energy Savings Trust Advice Centre. Here are a few ideas which can help keep the draughts away this winter: Loft insulation - one of the most effective ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Draughtproofing - plastic strips fitted to windows and doors can keep the breezes at bay. Cavity-wall insulation - filling the gap between those outside walls with insulation can make a real difference. Hot water tank insulation - giving your hot water tank a nice warm jacket will save energy by keeping the hot water you have paid for hotter for longer. Energy-efficient light bulbs - two free light bulbs will save energy and last much longer than the old-fashioned kind. To qualify for the Coldbusters scheme, one member of the household must be receiving a benefit such as income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit, Job Seekers’ Allowance (income-based) or pension credit. Households can qualify for up to £5,000 of help through Coldbusters. To find out more about the scheme and how to qualify for assistance phone the private sector housing team on 01634 333066 or email privatesectorhousing@medway.gov.uk The Energy Savings Trust Advice Centre can be contacted directly on 0800 358 6668 or by emailing Coldbusters@cen.org.uk