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In July 2011 the consumer organisation ‘Which’ undertook a survey of over 1,200 UK consumers to explore current economic concerns, and the results show energy charges are the predominate worry for UK households, ahead of food process, public spending cuts, tax levels and mortgage rates.
So what can households do to keep their energy bills down? Eden District Council is taking action.
In partnership with the Cumbria Affordable Warmth Partnership, and working together with E.on they are offering a free home energy survey to the residents of Eden District, helping them to understand what they can do to have a warmer home this winter.
Residents will be offered an energy survey of their property, with a follow-up report that will identify opportunities in the home that may help them save money.
They will be given advice how to insulate their home, how to improve their heating, along with details of renewable energy options that may be suitable for their property.
When the survey report is complete the homeowner will be provided with a written quotation for the measures that will energize their home.
Eden District Councillor, Judith Derbyshire, said: “The Council encourages residents to take up this unique offer. In particular we wish to see the homes of those on low incomes, elderly residents, or those with cold related illness and other vulnerable groups, having a survey that will help them both keep warm and save money on energy bills this winter.”
In all cases the survey will also ensure that householders are given access to any FREE and or discounted schemes that will help insulate their homes.
In many cases for those who are in receipt of benefits such a Pension Credit the works will be free of charge.
Tom Barlow the affordable warmth Project Development Officer for Cumbria said: “We have recently seen some of the biggest hikes in energy prices and these will start to bite when the coldest months arrive and the heating bills start to mount up. This project offers a great opportunity for local people to take practical measures to try to offset these increases and save money.”
Residents in the Carleton, Penrith East and Pategill wards will have already received information packs through their doors, inviting them to take part in the project, residents in the Penrith North, South and West are also being contacted before Christmas. The scheme will roll out across the rural areas of Eden in the New Year.
If you live in one of these areas look out for further information that will be circulated over the next few weeks, project workers will be clearly visible wearing high visibility jackets that will show the Eden District Council , Cumbria Warm Homes, and contractors logos, they will also all carry identification cards relating to the project.
For more information about the project home owners and tenants across Eden can Freephone 0800 328 8419 or can apply on line at www.cumbriawarmhomes.org.uk.
The project is not available for social housing tenants. For more information on energy saving these homes residents should contact their housing provider.
Last winter was one of the coldest on record with temperatures dropping to minus 19 degrees Celsius in some areas of Cumbria. We’re all more likely to feel the chill in winter, but cold weather can lead to more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes or pneumonia. By staying warm, you can stay healthy and well.
To find out how you can keep “WINTER Wrapped Up” BY calling Age UK on 0800 169 6565, for a free information guide on how to prepare for winter, which includes two free room thermometers!
So do your bit to energize Cumbria and take part in the Cumbria Warm Homes Project.
Caption: Promoting the Cumbria Affordable Warmth Project in Eden are District Councillor Judith Derbyshire, Cumbria Affordable Warmth Project Development Officer, Tom Barlow, Jamie Robson from Cosyseal Insulation Limited, Matt Scott from Cosyseal Insulations Limited and Council Housing Officer, Pamela Wrenn.