Sir George is celebrating the work of the Warm Front Scheme in tackling fuel poverty in North West Hampshire and is urging more residents to come forward and get help with measures that could cut their energy bills by as much as £600 a year.
"The Warm Front scheme helps people improve their homes' energy efficiency and is vital in helping increasing numbers of people who are finding energy bills a heavy burden.
Policies which tackle climate change are crucial, so seeing Warm Front doing that whIle addressing the growing social issue of fuel poverty is very important to our communities. "
Warm Front provides grants of up to £3,500 towards insulation and gas heating measures and £6,000 for oil heating to low income families, the elderly, or people with disabilities.
Green support services company eaga, who manage Warm Front on behalf of the Government, reported that the past year has seen a record number of applications with 1195 households in North West Hampshire having benefited from the scheme.
These households benefited from a range of energy efficiency measures including loft and cavity wall insulation, new heating systems and draught proofing.
Over £1,331,663.61 has been invested by Warm Front in North West Hampshire to date. Many who have benefited from the Scheme report average savings on their fuel bills of anything between £300 and £600 a year.
Rising fuel prices and the need to protect the environment from dangerous CO2 levels make the work of Warm Front Scheme increasingly important.
As well as benefiting from energy efficiency measures, households contacting eaga can also receive a free benefit entitlement check. To date 196 homes in North West Hampshire have increased their average weekly income by £21.08.
To qualify for Warm Front residents must either own their own home or live in privately rented accommodation and should be in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
To find out more about the Scheme and see if they qualify Sir George is urging households to contact Warm Front on 0800 316 6014.