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 but 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, however in the Carlisle District, over 24% of homes in rural areas are off-gas meaning they are not connected to Mains gas pipelines because they are situated a distance away from the gas line. However, gas can be closer than you think.
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 latest project will begin from January 2019 and will be completed by February 2019. Funding will be available to homeowners and privately rented properties. Households that currently have mains gas supplied but no central heating will also qualify. It will be on a first come, first serve basis 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.
To apply for funding, click here
For more information or to find out if you qualify call 01228 812867 or text WARM to 60777*
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