Helping cold homes become cosy in South Lakeland
6 November 2019
We are supporting a free project to help residents struggling with cold and draughty houses and help cut heating costs.
Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) won funding to work with local councils and other partners to offer a Cold to Cosy Homes service, making free advice, energy-saving equipment and other practical help available to householders.
Its advisors visit homes and ensure that energy saving measures are in place to reduce energy use and costs.
Since November last year, CAfS has completed 186 visits in South Lakeland, with a total of 1,902 measures installed which equates to approximate total 10-year savings for clients of £200,749 and 950 tonnes of CO2.
Residents can save money on their energy bills through simple measures like LED light bulbs, draught exclusion and radiator reflectors, all offered free of charge through the scheme.
The advisor can fit items like draught proofing for doors and chimneys and radiator reflectors on their visit or arrange for a professional installer to fit measures like loft hatch draught proofing.
There is a wide range of eligibility based on income, health and vulnerability criteria.
Suzie Pye, our Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Financial Resilience, said: "CAfS has done a great job in winning funding for Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria, enabling local advisors to offer free advice as well as practical help during a visit.
“The eligibility criteria for the scheme are really broad and I am keen for people to realise that, if they have health problems, are on any sort of benefits, including child benefit, or have a relatively low income, they will probably qualify for this help. Just a phone call to 01768 210276 is all it takes to find out and to get things moving.”
Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria is delivered by CAfS, with a network of trusted Cumbrian tradespeople carrying out the more substantial energy efficiency installations. It is funded through the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme and partners are Local Energy Advice Partnership (or LEAP), ourselves, Eden District Council’s Warm Homes Eden project and Carlisle City Council.
Andrew Northcott, energy efficiency project manager with CAfS, said: “Booking a free visit means you get expert advice on ways to get a warmer home and also save energy at home, cut your bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Many visits can lead on to free professionally fitted draught proofing, which can be a real benefit and can make the biggest improvement to warmth and energy use”
“I suggest people contact us as soon as possible to check eligibility for the free scheme and book a visit.”
“By partnering with SLDC we have been able to provide many more visits across the South Lakes and focus on the areas and households that can benefit the most."