Residents are urged to join ‘Green Deal’

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RESIDENTS are being urged to sign up for a scheme which it is claimed could help them reduce their fuel bills.

A new report has revealed that growing fuel costs, resulting in more households being in fuel poverty, is becoming a growing concern.

Officials at Northumberland County Council are encouraging residents to sign up to the government’s energy-saving policy – the Green Deal – which allows people to take out loans for schemes to reduce energy bills, which they pay back with the savings they make.

Coun Simon Reed, executive member for infrastructure and the environment, said: “With the publication of this report, I hope households in Northumberland who haven’t already done so, will look into the government’s multi-billion pound Green Deal programme and see if they qualify.

“Through the Energy Company Obligation, the worst off households and those in the hardest to treat homes will benefit the most – so I would strongly urge people whose energy costs keep rising to look into it and see how much help they could qualify for.

“Households can loan thousands of pounds to pay for measures which will improve the energy efficiency of their homes, then pay the loans back through their reduced energy bills.”

In a further incentive for potential involvement, the government has announced there could be up to £1,000 on offer to the first households which purchase packages.

In Northumberland, around one in five households are classed as being in fuel poverty, where more than ten per cent of the income is spent on fuel for adequate heating.