I would like to make your readers aware of our free energy/money saving Green Doctor service.
The Green Doctors visit around 2000 homes each year across the Yorkshire and North East regions. We help households to save between £100 – £1000 per year on their energy bills through switching and increased energy efficiency, whilst also making homes warmer and healthier.
The Green Doctor service is completely free and provides valuable assistance to many vulnerable households. It may be an elderly person needing help switching, a young family applying for energy grants, or perhaps someone suffering from a health condition exacerbated by the cold and struggling to keep their home at a safe temperature.
The scheme is open to eligible people in all types of tenure including Housing Associations, local Councils, privately rented and privately owned residents are all offered the opportunity to participate in the Green Doctor scheme. The aim of the service is to provide ‘assisted action’ in order for people to maximise their income and to ‘empower’ consumers to make informed decisions.
How does the
The local referral network provides referrals of vulnerable residents who are in (or at risk of falling into) fuel poverty.
A householder can apply directly or be referred by a professional / organisation.
Home Energy Visit:
A highly-trained Green Doctor Home Energy Advisor then carries out a home visit. This includes both a thorough assessment of the home such as checking for adequate loft and cavity wall insulation, boiler and central heating systems functionality and immediate financial help. They can install a range of technical measures including: LED light bulbs (10 per household), reflective radiator panels, draught-proofing doors and windows and cylinder jackets. The Green Doctor assessor will provide tailored in – depth energy efficiency advice and help look for a better deal on energy bills and applying for grants such as the Warm Homes Discount. All the team are trained to assess and advise on issues relating to damp, mould & condensation such as behavioural changes to be made by the tenant to reduce the problem and impact upon the building fabric and decoration.
Based on the findings of the home visit there are a range of onward referrals that can be made. These include: referral to an income maximisation service, assessment for larger energy efficiency measures (insulation and heating), referral to the local fire service Safe & Well scheme, and identification of serious hazards in the home. With over 12 years experience, the Green Doctor team are highly trained in dealing with the wide variety of issues that present themselves during the many home visits we make and we have built partnerships with many local support organisations.
In order to increase awareness of this free service, the Green Doctors are delivering a series of presentations / group training sessions to both community groups and frontline workers.
Community group and Frontline worker sessions
Presentations may consist of a 30-60 minute talk, can be tailored to suit the venue and the audience and cover such topics as:
• Switching supplier
• Payment options
• Smart Meters
• Energy efficiency
• Damp, Mould,
• Additional support
• Carbon Monoxide
• Green Doctor service
We have found from previous years’ experience of delivering these energy/money saving presentations that they are both popular and vital in enabling consumers and frontline workers to better understand their energy options in order to take advantage of the best possible tariffs, grants and schemes available.
We can also come along to drop-in-sessions at children’s centres, One Stop centres, Community centres and events.
Councillor Gerald G. Lee
Heighington & Coniscliffe Ward
Telephone 01325 314622