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Warm Homes Eden scheme resumes

Eden residents are benefiting from nearly £1 million in savings on their fuel bills thanks to a scheme which offers help with insulation, renewable energy and advice on keeping homes warmer.

The Warm Homes Eden energy efficiency project has resumed after a break enforced by the lockdown and is appealing for more residents to come forward to get help reducing their energy bills.

The scheme provides a range of energy advice over the phone, such as:

  • Advice on how to save money by changing your energy supply;
  • Help with your energy bills;
  • Access to benefits to help meet the costs of heating;
  • An opportunity to get draught proofing;
  • Access to home insulation and repair a broken heating system.

Warm Homes Eden is funded by Eden District Council in collaboration with Cumbria County Council, Electricity North West and the NHS through the Eden Integrated Care Community. It is operated by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS).

Eden District Council’s Health and Well-being officer, Judith Woof, believes that ensuring people live in adequately insulated and heated homes is all the more important during the coronavirus pandemic. Because a home which is well insulated is also warmer and beneficial to good health. Conversely, a low temperature inside a home due to poor insulation or inadequate heating can reduce the body’s immunity to all viruses as well as favour virus survival.

"Cold homes may cause or worsen existing health conditions like severe asthma, heart problems. arthritis, rheumatism or mental health problems. Actions like improving home insulation can help," she said.

Around 1,000 properties in Eden were still without proper heating, she added.

Warm Homes Eden is currently helping a woman who has had no heating or hot water all year and had burnt her leg on an electric fire in an effort to keep warm.

As well as the health benefits there are huge potential savings for households through the scheme. The 16 homes where insulated work was completed before the lockdown will spend £942,639 less on their bills over the next 20 years.

One property alone that had four measures implemented - loft insulation, floor insulation,  internal wall insulation and an air-source heat pump will save over £208,000 in that period.

Warm Homes Eden is funded by Eden District Council in collaboration with Cumbria County Council, Electricity North West and the NHS through the Eden Integrated Care Community. It is operated by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS).

Judith Derbyshire, Housing & Health Portfolio Holder Eden District Council said: "The project is designed to help residents to save money on their heating and make their homes warmer. Offering an energy efficiency service for low income households is a key objective for Eden District Council because we have such a pre-dominance of solid wall properties, which can be hard to heat.

"Two thirds of the district is not connected to the mains gas network and reliant on other more expensive forms of heating."

Find more information online at www.eden.gov.uk/warm-homes-eden, by phoning 01768 593240 or by emailing warmhomes@cafs.org.uk