With the onset of winter just around the corner and a drop in temperatures expected, the North-East’s landmark energy efficiency scheme is urging residents to make sure their homes are winter-ready.
Warm Up North, which is endorsed by nine North-East local authorities, is urging local people to prepare now for the colder months by making sure their homes are as energy efficient as possible.
Graeme Stephenson, lead partnership development manager at Warm Up North, said: “Anyone concerned about the temperature of their home should act now to help ensure they are fully prepared for the colder months.
“Whether residents are struggling with a broken or inefficient gas boiler or are in need of some improved insulation Warm Up North is on hand to help.
“Our team is here to offer advice on how residents could benefit from our range of energy efficiency measures and to make heating the region’s homes more affordable.
“The benefit of a more energy efficient home is not only lower monthly bills, but a warmer and more comfortable living environment which can also significantly help to improve the quality of life for residents.
“Boilers typically account for half of the cost of a property’s energy bills, so even replacing an old gas boiler with a new A-rated gas boiler and heating controls could save residents around £340 every year*.”
Warm Up North is assisting residents to heat their homes for less through its range of energy efficiency measures, including new low cost gas boilers for £250** including VAT, subject to survey and criteria, as well as cavity, loft and solid wall insulation.
Launched in 2013, Warm Up North is tackling fuel poverty in the region by making homes more affordable to heat, helping residents to keep warm.
The scheme is backed by nine local authorities and is helping residents living across Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham, Hartlepool, Darlington and Redcar & Cleveland.
Cllr Eddie Tomlinson, cabinet member for assets, strategic housing and rural issues at Durham County Council, added: “Making your home more energy efficient will not only help to keep you warm during the winter months but will also help you to save money on your bills.
“Those who are eligible for help through the Warm Up North scheme could also save money on the cost of making improvements to their home heating systems.
“I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible for help to contact the team to find out how they might benefit.”