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IT may be spring but concerns about energy bills and having an energy efficient home are still prevalent and it is never too early to start preparing for the next cold spell. 

“Frome Town Council’s brilliant Healthy Homes Team are on hand to help with hints and tips on everything from lowering your energy bills and addressing energy debt issues, to low carbon heating and home insulation,” said a spokesperson for the council.

“Our Healthy Homes Team and our energy advice volunteers are trained by our partners, the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), and have completed a City and Guilds Level 3 Energy Advice course which ensures they have the most up to date information to share with you. CSE are available for one-on-one discussions at the energy advice sessions and our team can also offer home visits.”

Following a recent visit to her home from an energy advice volunteer, cllr Sara Butler said, “The energy advice volunteers visit was really interesting and helped to reassure me that we are doing our best to be as energy efficient in our character property as possible and taking into account that it’s in a conservation area with building restrictions. However, there were a few actions we are going to take as a result of the visit including turning down our boiler temperature and popping down a draft excluder at the front door.”

Energy advice volunteers can provide plenty of general energy advice including how to tackle a cold, damp home by installing draught proofing, radiator panels and thermal curtains (which are also very helpful for keeping a room cool in the summer months!) and generally boosting insulation throughout your home.

The volunteers can also help with understanding energy bills, and potentially refer you to CSE for grant funded energy improvements and help with supplier issues and energy related debt.

The CSE is running an energy advice drop-in session at Frome Library, 10am to 4pm on Monday 12th June.

Healthy Homes Visits can be booked by emailing, or by calling 01373 480381.

The Frome Town Council spokesperson added, “There is lots of help available and we urge residents to seek advice and support from the experts and be as informed as possible. If you can’t pop into a drop-in session at the library, email or call CSE’s helpline for free advice 0800 082 2234.”

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