Volunteers help to cut fuel costs

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Five volunteers have been recruited to train as energy advisers in the Forest of Bowland.

The public response was one of the first fruits of a new project funded by the Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and detailed in last week’s paper.

Run by Lancaster-based LESS, its first event was a public meeting at Dunsop Bridge last Thursday.

LESS energy officer 
Peter Wiltshire reported: “We were able to recruit five local volunteers who will be trained in how to survey homes and to advise on energy efficiency measures.

“There was a lively discussion and people shared their experiences of living in rural homes, some of them remote and a long way from the nearest gas connection.

“The general feeling was that the best policy was to improve the thermal properties of the fabric of the buildings.

“This can be a challenge as most buildings in the AONB are in conservation areas. Most of our tasks will focus on advising people who live in these ‘hard to treat’ buildings.”

Anyone in the AONB area wanting a free home energy survey can call LESS on 01524 66100 or email