Home of the Lake District National Park, rural Cumbria is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for outstanding beauty but living among such natural treasure comes at a price for residents when it comes to heating their homes however this New Year, Warmer Communities are providing a solution to 200 local homes: First Time Central Heating for Carlisle and District residents.
Mains gas is the most popular heating fuel, used in over 21 million UK homes but in the Carlisle District over 24% of homes in rural areas are off-gas meaning they are not connected to Mains gas pipelines and are situated a distance away from the gas line. However, gas can be closer than you think and this project will see new connections forged across Carlisle and District through the Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme.
HOW CAN CENTRAL HEATING HELP?
Central heating disperses heat through the entire home to create a warmer spaces and heat water efficiently. According to the NHS, cold increases the chances of significant physical and mental health problems with young children, people over 65 and those in fuel poverty amongst the most vulnerable to negative effects.
Over 10% of households are in fuel poverty, struggling with fuel costs and over 23,000 are deemed energy inefficient with Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of D or below.
Options for heating these homes are limited and older properties may require even more, costly warm home improvements before rural heating solutions work efficiently. The consequences are expensive installations and high running costs – but there is great news!
Warmer Communities have been awarded grant funding through the “Warm Homes Fund”, permitting the installation of First Time Central Heating to properties in the Carlisle District. More affordable, this heating solution will combat negative effects of fuel poverty.
This project will start from January 2019 with all funded work to be completed by 2021.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
Funding is first come, first served and available to homeowners and privately rented properties.
Households that currently have mains gas supplied but no central heating will also qualify.
Eligibility includes households that have an inefficient property rated EPC of E, F, or G or no mains gas central heating and are viable property for funded mains gas connection under the Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme (FPNES).
Eligibility for the scheme is not wholly dependent on household income.
You must register an interest in the funding so call us on 01288 812 867 or Text ‘WARM’ to 60777*
or you can send us an email
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