Over 100,000 households in the North West are to be offered 'travel energy checks' by the Energy Saving Trust to advise how they can reduce their everyday spending on – and carbon emissions from – transport.
The project will be funded by the North West Development Agency, which claims it is the first scheme of its kind in the country.
Residents who apply for the advice will receive a short questionnaire that assesses where costs could be saved and lead to a lower carbon lifestyle.
Respondents to the campaign will receive a personalised and tailored report that includes local information on what's available, offers in the local area, tips on smarter vehicle choices and driving, as well as information on other services to help them on their way.
Catherine Monaghan, head of Energy Saving Trust North West, said: "Over the last 18 months, we have rapidly expanded our energy efficiency advice services, to include transport and travel as we found those interested in reducing their home energy bills are also keen to improve their fuel efficiency and reduce transport costs.
"We now provide advice on smarter driving, choosing a car and on sustainable travel, as these complement the traditional home energy advice nicely. So far, the response has been very positive, and most people are very impressed with just how much they can do, without too much effort.
Dan Griffiths, head of climate change, NWDA, said: "This project is part of the North West's vision to become a low carbon and well adapting region by 2020. Through the Northwest Climate Change Action Plan, the region is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adapting for unavoidable climate change and capitalising on opportunities for economic growth."
- To receive a free personalised report call 0800 512 012 and quote 'Travel Energy Check'.