RESIDENTS can learn more about how to generate clean energy and how to use less of it to save money.

People can drop in for a mince pie, hot drink and take some energy saving draught proofing freebies to help keep homes warm.

On Monday, December 11 from 5pm to 7pm at West Maldon Community Centre, anyone can come along.

The council hopes to launch a community energy group, with the benefits listed as helping friends and neighbours save energy at home, generate your own renewable power, join a dedicated and friendly team, alleviate climate anxiety and looks excellent on your CV.

For those that join, free training and support will be provided over several months.

Councillor Richard Siddall, Leader of Maldon District Council, said: “Saving energy is not only good for the environment but also helps tackle the worry of rising energy bills.

“The Council is supporting the project to set up a community energy group, and we hope that it will bring real benefits to our residents.”

Nicola Davidson, project manager for Community Energy South said: “Free support is available from Community Energy South to create a new group to operate across the district for the benefit of local people.

“We are hoping to attract locals willing to volunteer their energy and passion to create projects local people can lead on.”