A GROUP aiming to promote sustainable energy in Wedmore is working to help people struggling with their energy bills.

Steve Mewes set up the Isle of Wedmore Green Group and its latest project to give advice on reducing fuel costs.

Steve said: “The issue can often be a hidden one. People as a rule don’t want to be a bother, think they can cope, muddle through, but this can exacerbate the problem.”

Steve was inspired to set up the group when he moved to his house in Wedmore in 2005 and was faced with a huge fuel bill.

Steve said: “The roof insulation was minimal and the old oil boiler was costing ever more to run. Following the installation of an extra 250mm of roof insulation, a wood-fired boiler and solar thermal tubes, fuel costs are 20% of what they were.”

The group will work with the Centre for Sustainable Energy charity, which has Somerset staff for home visits. Phone 0800 0822234 for details. Contact Steve on steve.mewes@virgin.net or phone 07841-336720.