LEAP is a free energy and money saving service specifically created to help households that need extra support.
As part of the fully funded service, a qualified LEAP Home Energy Advisor will visit residents’ homes to take a look at their current heating and temperature levels. The advisor can then fit a variety of energy and water-saving measures, such as draught-proofing, low-energy LED lightbulbs, radiator panels and shower savers, during the visit itself, which can save households around £30 a year on their energy bills.
The advisor will also be able to give free energy efficiency hints and tips and, if they have a heating controller, advice on how to set it to save energy. The residents’ energy tariff will be checked and, if they are not on the best tariff, the advisor can help them to change to a cheaper one. They will also signpost the savings available from switching energy tariff. On average, a household can save over £200 a year by switching their heating and electricity supply to the cheapest tariff.
In addition, the advisor can assess whether further support is required. Residents can be referred for income maximisation help, who will ensure the resident is receiving the correct financial help and support with debt, if needed. Help with hazards in the home and safety checks from the Unitary Council and/or the Fire Service can also be arranged if necessary.
The advisor will also check if the house has uninsulated cavity walls or an uninsulated loft. If so, it may be possible to arrange for FREE insulation to be installed. This service includes a helping hand with broken boilers, and broken white good appliances.
The LEAP service is being promoted by direct referrals from local partners in the public and voluntary sectors. All visits will be by appointment only and advisors will carry photo ID.
Who’s eligible? The LEAP service is available to those on low income, benefits or with certain physical and mental health problems. For Corby area residents (town and rural). Full eligibility criteria are set out at www.applyforleap.org.uk
The service is open to those living in owner-occupied, private rented sector or social housing who meet the eligibility criteria.
The Corby LEAP Project is coordinated by North Northants Council with Public Health funding through the Corby Health and Wellbeing Forum.
To find out more about the LEAP service and whether you qualify, please visit: www.applyforleap.org.uk or call 0800 060 7567