PEOPLE are being given advice on how to keep warm this winter.

Pendle Council is holding two open days as part of energy efficiency week to help people save money, keep warm and save energy.

Pendle's new energy efficiency officer Heather Shaw said: "Bad habits, old ineffective appliances and lack of insulation costs every household pounds in wasted fuel."

During the week people will be able to complete home energy check forms to get individual recommendations for home improvements. The forms will be available at open days as well as Colne, Nelson and Brierfield town halls and Barnoldswick council shop.

People can swap their old kettles for energy-efficient ones and get a free low-energy light bulb at the open days and get advice on applications for grants and discount schemes they could use. Facts on debt problems, benefits, grants, pensions, home maintenance, fire safety and crime prevention will also be available.

The first open day is on October 25 at the Peter Birtwistle Centre, Keighley Road, Colne, between 10am and 4pm and the second on October 29 at Christ Church, Carr Road, Nelson between 10am and 4pm.