CUSTOMERS suffering from sky-high energy bills are to receive treatment from a different sort of doctor.
The Groundwork Green Doctor is a money-saving service helping people in parts of Sunderland.
Charity Groundwork North East is giving free advice to households in the Southwick, Hendon, Pallion and Millfield wards.
Some have saved £120 on their annual fuel bill, with free energy-saving measures including radiator reflector panels, draught excluders and low-energy light bulbs.
The project comes as householders are being warned of rising bill after energy firm SSE said their prices will rise by more than eight per cent from next month.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised a temporary price freeze if his party wins the next election, and he blamed the big six energy firms for failing to pass on any fall in the wholesale price of gas.
Barbara Izaks, from Hendon, took up the offer of a visit from the service, which is staffed by fully-trained energy awareness advisers, through her landlord.
She said: “The Green Doctor was very helpful and friendly, giving lots of energy saving tips which I had never thought about.
“The radiator panels should be really helpful, and it’s all free which is a great bonus. I’m looking forward to saving some money and helping the environment.”
The unemployed 51-year-old said she was hoping to save money so she could buy new clothes for job interviews.
The scheme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund through Sustainable Sunderland – a city-wide programme that is part of a national drive to help communities adapt to the impact of climate change and tackle fuel poverty.
To book an appointment, call Charlie Goulty on 567 2550, 07881 913 526, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.