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Stay Warm for less


Rutland County Council is backing a new energy saving advice service, Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP).

LEAP offers free in-home visits to any household already in or at risk of fuel poverty. Rutland residents receiving government ben- efits or allowances and those who meet certain health and vul- nerability criteria may also be eligible.

The Council wants to ensure that all households are prepared for cold temperatures this winter. Cold weather can result in expen- sive electricity bills and increase the risk of a person experiencing health problems.

During a home visit, a LEAP Home Energy Advisor offers energy saving guidance and can install free energy saving measures such as LED light bulbs and draught-proofing. The advisors can also help people find funding for further energy saving home im- provements and offer advice on energy tariffs.

Councillor Alan Walters, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, says: “Very cold weather can affect anyone, but you should take extra care if you're 65 or older, have a disability or have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease. Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia.

“LEAP is an excellent and free service that helps people to keep their homes warm and reduce their outgoings without costing them any money. I’d encourage all local residents to get in touch and arrange a home visit.”

In addition to LEAP, the Council is urging local residents to seek advice from other official resources on increasing the resilience of their homes this winter.

The ‘improving housing standards’ section of the Council’s web- site provides energy saving advice with links to other free re-

sources. Energy conservation organisation Energy Saving Trust also provides a wide range of energy advice on its website. Advice on how to find possible energy grants and ways to improve your energy efficiency is available on the ‘energy grants calculator’ section of the website.

Cllr Walters added: “It’s important to stay warm and to keep a close eye on friends and family members who may struggle if the weather gets really cold – particularly if they’re elderly. Visit them regularly to make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines. We’re here to help if you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour so contact us straight away if you have any concerns.”

To report any concerns about an adult in Rutland, please contact Rutland County Council straight by calling: 01572 758 341.

To find out if you’re eligible for the services offered by LEAP, call 0800 060 7567, email or visit