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Salford residents are being offered help to save money on fuel bills and get their homes ready for winter.

From simple tips such as closing curtains to keep heat in to grants to replace inefficient old boilers, there’s plenty of help and advice on offer.

There’s even the chance to have free central heating fitted for people who currently rely on storage heaters or expensive, free standing heaters, provided they meet certain criteria.

Initiatives include:

Warm Homes discount scheme - to get a £140 rebate on your electricity bill.

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which aims to improve your home's energy efficiency.

Green Handyperson - you could save £100's on a free green makeover of your home. This scheme maybe able to install measures such as draught-proofing where needed. 

Gas safety checks on boilers and fires for vulnerable owner–occupiers.

Emergency boiler and heating grant - for vulnerable owner-occupiers who do not qualify for the ECO scheme.

Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing and sustainable neighbourhoods, said:


“I know many people dread winter because of the cold and high energy bills – but there is a lot of help available through our Warm Salford scheme which might ease their worries.

“We can help people switch suppliers to cut bills, fit energy saving measures, get small repairs done and signpost them to grants for better insulation or replacing old boilers and heating.

“If you need that help – or you know someone who does – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“The free central heating is an amazing offer from the Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund. It is open to private tenants, with their landlord’s permission, as well as homeowners and if people don’t qualify there is other help we can point them towards.”

The £1.8 million Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund is funded by Salford City Council and the nine other Greater Manchester councils and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority GMCA from the national Warm Homes Fund established by National Grid, administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions.

For details of how to stay warm in Salford this winter, please see www.salford.gov.uk/warmsalford, email keepingwarm@salford.gov.uk  or call 0161 793 2264.

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