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When many councils throughout the country have been closing libraries, Conservative Wiltshire Council has bucked the trend and kept every library opened, often thanks to many hard working volunteers.
So, it is great to see that the Council is using its library service as a centre for advice on how to keep residents’ homes warmer and make savings on energy bills.
Five sessions will be taking place at a number of Wiltshire’s local libraries and all are welcome to attend.
At each of the sessions the Council’s home energy adviser will be on hand to offer advice and provide useful tips including information on insulation grants and other energy saving measures.
The sessions run from 10am-2pm and will be at the following libraries:
- Trowbridge Library- 7 October 2011
- Warminster Library- 17 October 2011
- Chippenham Library- 21 October 2011
- Salisbury Library- October 2011
- Devizes Library- 27 October 2011
The Council is also offering the over 60s, families and households on low incomes or benefits the chance of free loft and cavity wall insulation. In addition everyone is entitled to at least a partial grant towards this cost. The grants are available to private tenants and owner occupiers and are subject to survey and availability.
Cabinet member with responsibility for the environment, Toby Sturgis (Conservative) said: “The winter months can be an expensive time for residents. I encourage people to come along to one of these sessions and get some practical, free advice on what steps can be taken to keep houses warm whilst making some useful savings.”
If people are unable to attend the sessions but want advice on energy saving and grants they can call the home energy advice numbers on 01722 434349 and 01722 434349 or the Warm and Well team on 0800 512 012.