Stay warm with energy scheme

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A NEW scheme has been launched to help people who live in the moors and rural areas around Whitby cope with crippling heating bills.

Big Energy Saving week starts on Monday and is being run by Scarborough Borough Council (SBC).

The launch of the scheme comes as some of the biggest fuel suppliers announced they were putting prices up as winter and colder weather sets in.

Throughout next week an Energy Centre bus will visit communities in and around Whitby with ideas for cutting energy bills.

They will be able to give information on different heating systems like biomass boilers, solar panels and ground and air source pumps as well as advising on how to get discounts and grants to install them.

Other tips include swapping oil and coal fires for wood burning stoves.

The scheme is designed to help people who live in the North York Moors National Park and don’t have mains gas to reduce their heating bills because they have to rely on more expensive fuel sources to heat their homes.

Dr James Bridges, sustainability officer for SBC, which is supporting the project, said: “This is an excellent initiative proposed and developed by local residents who want to do their bit to help local communities in the North York Moors reduce their fuel bills, tackle fuel poverty and lower environmental impacts at the same time.

“With winter approaching and higher costs of energy bills at this time of the year, not least because of heating requirements to keep warm and increased energy prices, the launch of the project is good timing indeed.”

The bus will be at West Cliff car park in Whitby on Tuesday, 1.30pm-3pm and at the following locations on Saturday 27 October and 3 November, Robin Hood’s Bay Station car park (10am-11am), Whitby West Cliff car park (11.30am-12.30pm), Staithes Bank Top car park (1pm-2pm) and Danby Village Hall car park (2.30-3.30pm).

The Moor Heat project is funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has been organised by local residents and is supported by the borough council, CO2Sense and Yorkshire Energy Partnership.