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For many of the 6.5 million people in the UK currently living in fuel poverty this is reality. And with rising fuel prices ever more people can't afford to keep their homes adequately heated, making winter a very difficult time indeed. In the most extreme cases some are faced with the stark choice of whether to heat their homes or buy food to eat.

Groundwork's Green Doctors are independent, impartial experts who give homes a check-up then provide energy saving advice. They have a proven track record of helping people in fuel poverty – helping 33,500 households last year alone. The support is tailored to each resident helping them take simple but lasting steps that help them to keep their homes warm and reduce their fuel bills.

The Green Doctors, can visit the property and provide support to:

  • Find a cheaper energy deal (be they on Direct Debit or Pre-payment meter)
  • Access any grant funding, Warm Homes Discount, Insulation grants or replacement boilers
  • Applying to hardship funds for energy/water debt
  • We provide free energy saving lightbulbs, radiator reflector foils and draughtproofing items
  • Provide advice on private landlords responsibilities, smart meters, damp and condensation, Carbon Monoxide and the Priority Services Register
  • We can signpost to other services who may be able to provide additional support

The ultimate aim is to help people deal with fuel poverty, support them to be more energy efficient and provide advice on all things health related; emanating from Fuel poverty concerns.

The programme is funded by Cheshire West, Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton Borough Councils and is available to any household with an income of £26,000 or less or have a disability/on benefits.

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