Households in Corby are set to receive a helping hand to reduce their energy bills, through a new home energy support scheme called the Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP).
LEAP is a free energy and money saving service specifically created to help households that need extra support.
As part of the fully funded service, a qualified LEAP Home Energy Advisor will visit residents’ homes to take a look at their current heating and temperature levels. The advisor can then fit a variety of energy and water-saving measures, such as draught-proofing, low-energy LED lightbulbs, radiator panels and shower savers, during the visit itself, which can save households around £30 a year on their energy bills.
The advisor will also be able to give free energy efficiency hints and tips and, if they have a heating controller, advice on how to set it to save energy. The residents’ energy tariff will be checked and, if they are not on the best tariff, the advisor can help them to change to a cheaper one. They will also signpost the savings available from switching energy tariff. On average, a household can save over £200 a year by switching their heating and electricity supply to the cheapest tariff.
In addition, the advisor can assess whether further support is required. Residents can be referred for income maximisation help, who will ensure the resident is receiving the correct financial help and support with debt, if needed. Help with hazards in the home and safety checks from the Borough Council and/or the Fire Service can also be arranged if necessary.
The advisor will also check if the house has uninsulated cavity walls or an uninsulated loft. If so, it may be possible to arrange for FREE insulation to be installed. This service includes a helping hand with broken boilers, and broken white good appliances.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Mark Pengelly, said:
“In the winter months, it is our priority to ensure residents are kept warm in their homes so I’m pleased to be supporting this scheme which will save households money on their energy bills.”
Gearoid Lane, CEO of AgilityEco who are managing the scheme said:
“We are delighted to launch the LEAP service here in Corby. In the many council areas across Britain where LEAP is already operating, residents have been very positive about the help and support they have received.”
The LEAP service is being promoted by direct referrals from local partners in the public and voluntary sectors. All visits will be by appointment only and advisors will carry photo ID.
Who’s eligible? The LEAP service is available to those on low income, benefits or with certain physical and mental health problems. Full eligibility criteria are set out at https://www.applyforleap.org.uk/eligibility/.
The service is open to those living in owner-occupied, private rented sector or social housing who meet the eligibility criteria.
The Corby LEAP Project is coordinated by Corby Borough Council, with support from the Northamptonshire County Council, Public Health funding through the Corby Health and Wellbeing Forum.
To find out more about the LEAP service and whether you qualify, please visit: www.applyforleap.org.uk or call 0800 060 7567.