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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Campaign to improve homes' energy efficiency launched

Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government are joining forces to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the county.

The local authority has teamed up with the Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest Scheme which supports low income families struggling with their energy bills.

The scheme provides a range of advice and support for householders, and free home improvements for residents who receive a means tested benefit and own or rent a home that is particularly hard to heat.

Officers at Denbighshire County Council have undertaken detailed data analysis of properties across the county to identify households that are eligible to receive the free assistance.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member, said: “We are keen to ensure that every household in Denbighshire which meets the Nest Scheme criteria can benefit from the scheme. Nest provides much needed support to low income families who are often paying high energy bills due to the inefficiency of their property.

“We will be sending letters directly to households which we think may benefit from the scheme but we would encourage any household in need of advice and support to contact the scheme directly.”

Lee Parry, Head of Nest, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Denbighshire County Council. Their innovative approach to data analysis and their commitment to their local residents will help the Nest Scheme to reach as many low income households as possible.”

“The Welsh Government funded free home improvements, including new central heating systems and insulation, are often too expensive to replace for households in receipt of a means tested benefit. By working in partnership we will be able to help the Council support its local residents.”

Denbighshire County Council and the Nest Scheme will be holding a series of roadshows across the county in the One-Stop Shops to provide an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the scheme.  The local one will be at Llangollen Library on Wednesday July 6, from 1.30pm-3.30pm.

The Nest Scheme can also be contacted on Freephone 0808 808 2244 or at www.nestwales.org.uk.

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