A NEW advice line is now available to residents in Cheshire East offering help to reduce energy bills and keep warm this winter.

The Save Energy Advice Line is provided by the Energy Project Plus charity and will provide free, expert and impartial advice to householders.

With the ‘big six’ energy companies announcing price rises that will add £100 to the average bill, Peter Owen, chief executive at Energy Projects Plus, said it was more important than ever to look at ways to bring the cost of energy down.

“Small actions can add up to big savings,” he said. “Householders shouldn’t feel as though they are stuck with higher bills. There are lots of things people can do to bring costs down – and we’re here to help.”

Clr Janet Clowes, Winter Wellbeing spokesman, said: “I am delighted this service is on offer to residents. Rising fuel bills are a concern for many this winter, so I would encourage residents to contact the Save Energy Advice Line, to find out what help and advice is available and see how much they can save.”

Advice includes: Ways to use energy more efficiently in the home.

Switching energy tariffs.

Grants to help with the cost of installing energy-saving measures, such as insulation or a new boiler.

Support with investigating if there are any payments householders may be entitled to, which help towards paying energy bills and help with fuel debt.

Advisors available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, for free, impartial and expert advice on reducing energy bills and keeping warm. Call 0800 043 0151.