Aim of energy advice drop-in session is eco and also economic

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IF energy bills have been worrying you this winter, or you are trying to reduce them, it may be worth making a free event in Todmorden next week your port of call.

The Todmorden Energy Event is open to all upper Calder Valley residents and has been organised by Groundwork in conjunction with Green Doctor, Calderdale Council, National Energy Action, which is campaigning for earmer homes, and the Government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change.

A number of other organisations will also be there to offer help and advice, including the fire and police services, Age Concerna dn more.

It takes place at Central Methodist Church, Bramsche Square, Todmorden, where anyone is invited to drop in between 11am and 2pm.

Mat Roberts, senior climate change co-ordinator for Groundwork, said its purpose was to help people reduce energy bills and make their homes more eco-friendly in the process.

“For example if you are struggling with your fuel bills this is a chance to come and talk and there will be lots of different advice bodies there,” he said.

The event is free to attend and a leading role will be played by the award-winning Green Doctor team, alongside the local organisations and also service providers such as British Gas.

Issues covered range from energy saving tips and health checks to benefit checks - whether or not you might be eligible for some financial help or for a grant to improve the energy effectiveness of your home, including an insulation scheme - and fire safety advice.

There will also be some refreshments laid on, with Incredible Edible supplying some soup and fresh bread.

Mat said the Green Doctor team had won a Yorkshire and Humberside award (the Community Footprint award) and was in the running for a national award.

People will also be able to enter a draw for a £200 hamper of eco goodies, such as a one-cup hot water dispenser and a range of energy saving gadgets.