Posted: Tuesday 5th December 2017
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A new scheme that provides free or discounted household improvements to help people stay warm in their homes has been launched by Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with all 10 district and borough councils.
In Hertfordshire, over 32,000 households are estimated to live in fuel poverty meaning they do not have enough money to adequately heat their home. Colder temperatures can lead to excess winter deaths. Between August 2013 and July 2016, there were 1795 excess winter deaths in Hertfordshire.
The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme aims to make homes easier and cheaper to heat by offering free or discounted energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and heating repair, or fuel switching advice to low-income and vulnerable households.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Richard Roberts, said: “Living in a cold home can seriously affect our health. But for many people, concerns about the cost of heating a home can cause a lot of stress.
“It’s good to know that this scheme is available to make it easier and cheaper to keep homes warm when temperatures drop, helping you to live warm at home as well as reduce the cost of your energy bills.”
The World Health Organisation recommends that homes should be heated to 21°C (70°F) during the day and 18°C (64°F) at night. This is especially important for those with a young family, the over 75s or those with a long-term health condition, such as respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme will be delivered by the National Energy Foundation, using funding from the national Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and some local authority contributions. It will run to 31 October 2018.
For more information contact HertsHelp on: 0300 123 4044 (local rate) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hertswarmerhomes