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A new project to help people in Cumbria stay warm as temperatures drop is being highlighted by Cumbria Coiunty Council.
The countywide Cumbria Warm Homes Project was officially launched at the Cumbria Advice Network Conference at Rheged Penrith on January 18, by Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Cllr Oliver Pearson.
This project is offering free energy health checks to all households across the county, providing each home with a written survey report, which can help households, understand what they can do to keep their homes warm and save money on their energy bills.
Oliver Pearson, said: "Although we’ve been fortunate with a milder winter so far this year it’s important that people don’t get complacent about the dangers of colder weather. Action taken today can make a significant and lasting difference for years to come. As the temperatures drop over the coming days I would encourage everybody, not just those who are particularly vulnerable, to get in contact and access any help while it is available.”
Tom Litster, from E.ON’s Energy Efficiency team, explained: “Being energy fit is about making sure people’s homes are energy efficient yet warm and comfortable. As part of the Cumbria Warm Homes Project, we’re offering eligible low income families and pensioners £100 when they take up our offer of free insulation which could help towards winter fuel bills.”
E.ON’s offer – which includes the installation of free standard loft and cavity wall insulation – is open to anyone on an income of less than £16,190 and in receipt of Child Tax Credit, or claiming Pension Credit. You don't even need to be an E.ON customer to apply, just call freephone 0800 328 8419.
Tom Barlow on behalf of the Cumbria Affordable Warmth Partnership, which delivers the county's Warm Homes Project, said:“This year Cumbria residents are very fortunate to have access to such a wide range of assistance, but they need to take advantage of these offers whilst they are available, as they will be short lived, and future funding for such projects no longer being assured.”
Cumbria County Council will once again be offering more information and advice on keeping warm this winter with two more “Taking the Brrr out of Cumbria” roadshows. These roadshows will take place at the following locations:
Tuesday February 7 - Carlisle Indoor Market - 10am to 3pm
Wednesday February 8 - Barrow Library - 10am to 3pm
There is more information and advice about keeping warm is available at www.cumbria.gov.uk/brrr