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PROJECT HELPS KEEP LANCASHIRE HOMES WARM THIS WINTER

Lancaster based Community Interest Company, LESS is celebrating helping hundreds of people live in warmer homes this winter. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they have been able to provide specialist financial and energy advice to over 890 local people.

LESS is renowned across the district for promoting sustainable living. In January 2014 they were able to expand their good work, thanks to £39,594 funding from the Energy People Trust. This money helped them start their own Home Energy Service which aimed to help vulnerable people in Lancashire access affordable warmth.

LESS helped local people make their homes more energy efficient with home energy surveys and manage their finances with regular utility bills clinics. Throughout the project LESS also recruited and trained many local volunteers to help spread the word on energy efficiency throughout Lancashire.

Kevin Frea, Director of Energy Services at LESS, said: “This project has enabled us to help hundreds of vulnerable households across Lancashire. Working closely with other local agencies we have been able to offer a wide range of tailored energy services. Our advice on money management, changing habits and reducing debts, along with referring clients for insulation measures and new heating systems, has helped reduce their energy bills and ensured that they have cosier homes.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “LESS is already well established in the area offering local people a range of services to help them live sustainably. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they have been able to provide specialist financial and energy efficiency advice to those who are vulnerable in the community. We are delighted to support this incredibly worthwhile project.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015