Last call for older householders in Northamptonshire to take up free home energy check

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With the cost of gas rising to unprecedented levels, and the chance of snow and freezing conditions still possible between now and the end of April, it is more important than ever that older people check the energy efficiency of their home.

Christopher Duff, CEO of Age UK Northamptonshire, said: “Many older people living on fixed incomes can be nervous of heating their homes because of the cost and this can put their health at risk.  Colder weather always brings an increase in the likelihood and the severity of chest infections and other respiratory problems. It is estimated that at least 25,000 older people in the UK die prematurely from cold-weather related illnesses every year.

“I urge vulnerable older people on welfare benefits or living with a long-term health condition to get in touch. We are offering householders in Northamptonshire aged 65 or older a free Home Energy Check and this offer runs out at the end of March. Now is not the time to switch providers in search of a better deal, but one thing householders can do to help reduce their fuel bills is to make their home more energy efficient.”

The charity’s experienced handyperson Graham Tarry will visit people at home or chat with them over the telephone to provide useful tips on saving energy.  He can install energy saving lightbulbs, reflective radiator panels and draught excluders aimed at reducing energy bills.  

He can help older people to avoid ‘fuel poverty’ meaning they spend a disproportionate amount of their income on energy. Small savings made individually can add up over the year. The Energy Saving Trust estimate that switching to LED light bulbs can save the average householder £30 over the year. Installing draught-proofing can bring a further annual saving of £25. 

To find out more about the services and support provided by Age UK Northamptonshire, please visit or call 01604 611200.