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The Clarke’s won’t be cold this Christmas
Thursday 17th October, 2013

The Clarke’s won’t be cold this Christmas
Mrs Clarke next to their new central heating system.

A Wigan Borough couple have saved money after taking advantage of a free energy saving scheme.

Mr and Mrs Clarke, from Wigan, have benefited from the ‘Get Me Toasty’ scheme, which is run by Wigan Council in partnership with the Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service and Dyson Energy Services and is funded by ScottishPower.

The couple had no hot water in their house due to a leaking hot water tank, and despite contacting several companies they hadn’t been able to get the issue resolved, leaving them struggling to cope.

After finding out about the scheme in Wigan Council’s Borough Life magazine, Mrs Clarke called the Greater Manchester Advice Line, to see if their house qualified for it. After an assessment, they received the good news that their house was eligible.

They have now got a new central heating system installed, which has helped reduce their gas bill from £35 a week to around half of that amount.

Mrs Clarke said: “My husband and I were finding it very difficult to live without hot water, and no-one seemed interested in helping us. When I spotted the scheme featured in the Borough Life magazine, I called the Greater Manchester Advice Line immediately and was delighted with the response I received.

“We were assessed straight away and before we knew it, we had a brand new central heating system – it is very easy to use and has saved us money. We couldn’t believe how quick the process was.

“The engineers were so hard-working and polite – the service they provided was wonderful. Get Me Toasty is a fantastic scheme and I would recommend it to anyone.”

Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan Council cabinet member for housing, said: “I am very pleased Mr and Mrs Clarke can look forward to living in a warm and comfortable environment this winter.

“Wigan Council works with several organisations to provide this scheme as we understand how important it is that residents of the borough can keep their homes warm at an affordable price.”

Paul Matley from the Government Obligations team at ScottishPower, said: “ScottishPower are proud to be supporting the Wigan Borough 'Toasty' initiative, a scheme aimed at helping people across the borough to improve fuel efficiency within their homes. Replacement boilers and improved insulation can make a real positive difference to householder's bills this winter and beyond.”

If you would like to take advantage of the scheme like Mr and Mrs Clarke did, head to Leigh Market on Wednesday 23rd October, where the Get Me Toasty team will be giving more details about it. Alternatively, you can call free phone 0800 009 3363 or visit www.getmetoasty.com for more information.

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