Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire fuel scheme 'saves members £1m'

A domestic energy efficiency scheme in Lincolnshire has saved users £1m in six months, organisers have estimated.

The Home Energy Lincolnshire Partnership (Help) brings together local authorities to offer a reduced price insulation service.

Launched at the end of last year, it currently has about 6,000 members and is free for the over-60s.

The Energy Saving Trust, which runs the scheme, said loft and wall insulation could save an average user £250 a year.

A spokesman for Help said: "With the price of oil, gas and electricity set to spike later this year, it's no wonder 6,000 homes have already sought help from their local council to insulate their home.

"The scheme has already saved residents around £1 million in heating bills this year alone and Help is keen to make sure as many homes as possible benefit."

The scheme provides free insulation for the over 60s and those on qualifying benefits.

Five of the seven Lincolnshire districts have higher fuel poverty rates than the average for the East Midlands of 19% and all have a higher rate than the national average of 16%, according to figures from the Department of Climate and Energy Change.

Fuel poverty is classified as when a household spends more than 10% of its income on fuel bills.

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