R17045 Helping To Cut Home Energy Bills Nets Redditch Regional Awards

A regional energy efficiency awards scheme has made Redditch Borough Council ‘council of the year’ and highly commended its work to help people improve their home heating and insulation.

The borough council was a runner-up in the ‘vulnerable customer support campaigner’ category at the West Midlands Regional Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards in Birmingham on Wednesday (May 10), helping it to earn the council of the year award together with Bromsgrove District Council as the councils share parts of the service.

Kath Manning, Climate Change and Energy Support Officer at Redditch Borough Council, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised for helping homeowners reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

“The Redditch Energy Efficiency Fund is designed to help people to put better, cheaper heating systems in their homes and can also help with loft and cavity insulation. Homeowners with a household income under the Worcestershire average of £37,000 may be eligible for £500 towards the cost of replacing an old boiler, and those on low incomes may be eligible for much more. To check if you qualify for this or other types of support, contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881.”

The organisers of the West Midlands Regional Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards run the scheme to publicly recognise the work of the energy efficiency sector to reduce energy bills and encourage best practice in line with national policy.

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(L-R) Kath Manning and Rachel Jones, deputy Chief Executive of Act on Energy which works in partnership with the councils, collected the awards.