CHESS Plus Cambridge Heating Support

Further funding secured to support impacts of the energy crisis

Local charity, PECT, in partnership with Cambridgeshire ACRE are to continue free energy advice service to households in Cambridgeshire (Fenland, Huntingdonshire, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridge City).

After the cold weather we have experienced over the last few weeks, and the rise in energy costs, we are all feeling the pinch when it comes to our energy bills.

Residents can benefit from an advice call or a home visit with an experienced energy advisor. They will be able to share tips on how you can save money on your energy bills, access financial support, improve your home efficiency and reduce any energy debts. 

They are also delivering training to front-line workers to help them support residents with basic energy advice and where to direct help.

Nikki Dekker, Energy Lead at PECT comments, “At the moment support like this is much needed. We hope we can continue to help households save money, be comfortable and warm in their homes, and also reduce energy use or make sustainable changes that have a positive impact on the environment. With Cambridgeshire ACRE and the support of local frontline workers, this service will make a difference to many households in the community.”

“We are so pleased to be able to continue our collaborative work with PECT to support households across the County through the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Working together we will provide the information and resources that households need to stay warm and healthy, whilst helping them to reduce their bills and deal with any outstanding energy bills,” says Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire ACRE. “This kind of support is needed now, more than ever before and we are grateful to the Energy Redress scheme for entrusting us with further funding to help those most in need.”

The project, named CHESS (Cambridgeshire Home Energy Support Service), has already been running for around 2 years and the current funding will ensure the project can continue until December 2024.

To refer yourself or someone else for support, fill out the form on our website*:

*Residents outside of the area eligible for support will be referred to other services that are applicable in their region.

If you are a frontline worker, send us an email at to find out more about the service and how you can get involved.