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18 Mar 2011
Green Doctor, Bruce Bell
With Climate Week approaching, Bolsover
residents are offered unique ‘Green Doctor’ service
Residents across Bolsover district are benefitting
from an innovative and free service aimed at improving the energy
efficiency of their homes and helping them save money on bills.
A trained ‘Green Doctor’ is offering home visits to
assess the likely causes of cold, damp and energy loss in the home.
The Green Doctor will talk to householders, step-by-step, through
what can be done to save energy. Where needed the Green Doctor will
also install simple items, free of charge, like draft proofing, low
energy light bulbs, radiator panels and letterbox covers.
The householder will:
The Green Doctor can also put householders in touch
with other approved organisations that may be able to help with
different energy and water saving measures. This could include loft
insulation, cavity wall insulation and making better use of
rainwater in the garden using a water butt. Other advice also
includes how to make general environmental improvements such as
recycling and composting waste.
The service is offered to eligible residents courtesy
of Bolsover District Council and Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and
Mansfield. Green Doctor ‘remedies’ are aimed at reducing fuel
poverty in the most vulnerable families. Their service can reach
out to the elderly, the disabled and those in low income family
households via home visits.
The Green Doctor service does not sell products or
services but offers advice and support.
Through the programme, many homes will benefit from
the measures. Resident’s awareness will be raised on the benefits
and financial savings that can be made by reducing energy use
within the home. With energy prices increasing and the first
official ‘Climate Week’ approaching, it seems timelier than ever to
offer this service.
Bolsover District Council’s Director of Neighbourhoods Stuart
Tomlinson said, “Our residents are feeling the pinch from every
angle and we want to help them as much as we possibly can. We are
delighted to be working in partnership with the ‘Green Doctor’ who
will provide the advice and information many of our residents need
to help them get the most out of their energy and ultimately save
them money, whilst also contributing to reducing climate