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Demand for warmth scheme increases despite heat wave
12:21pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A SCHEME which aims to repair heating and install insultation for vulnerable people has received a flurry of referrals in Darlington, despite the recent heatwave.
Last month was the hottest and driest July since 2006 – but while much of England and Wales were basking in the sunshine, the npower Heat Through Warmth scheme helped provide more than £15,500 worth of heat-saving measures.
Scheme manager Elaine Midwinter said: “We were surprised by the hundreds of homeowners turning to Health Through Warmth for help during such a hot spell.
“However, it’s extremely positive that Darlington’s residents are looking ahead and preparing their homes for the colder weather.
“With August off to the hottest start in seven years, we hope this trend will continue for the remainder of the summer so people are not caught out by the return of cold weather later in the year.”
The scheme offers help with the funding and installation of heating and insulation measures for vulnerable people.
It is available to homeowners who have a cold-related illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund measures, such as a new boiler or heating system. You do not have to be, or become, an npower customer to benefit from the scheme.
Since the scheme was founded in 2000, more than 80,400 vulnerable residents in England and Wales have been referred to npower Health Through Warmth for aid with heating and insulation. More than £64.7m has been committed to help fund the work required, which includes £1.7m from charitable organisations.
In addition, £8.5m has been contributed from the npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.
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