Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme

I can't thank Herts Warmer Homes enough

When 77-year-old pensioner Colin Felstead and his wife heard about the Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme, they thought it was too good to be true.

The countywide scheme provides free or discounted household energy improvements, such as insulation, heating repairs and fuel switching advice, to those who are on a low income or in receipt of benefits and struggling to stay warm in their homes during winter.

Colin had an 18-year-old boiler that didn't work properly, which meant that he and his wife were living in a very cold house. This posed a serious risk to their health.

Through the Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme, funding was secured to provide them with a new combination boiler, smart clock technology and radiator controls, saving them an average of 25% a year on their annual gas bill.

Colin said: "They were so quick to act on my first enquiry. The radiators are on all the time and I've never known them to be so warm. I am very pleased with the whole installation and can't thank Herts Warmer Homes enough for their help."

The scheme, run by Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with all 10 district and borough councils, has already received over 1000 referrals and is helping people to stay warm in their homes.

Hertfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health, Richard Roberts, said: "Living in a cold home can seriously affect our health.

"For people on a low income, concerns about the cost of heating a home can cause a lot of stress.

"We're very proud to be providing this scheme in partnership with all ten district and borough councils, to help make it easier and cheaper to keep homes warm when temperatures drop."

For more information contact HertsHelp on: 0300 123 4044 (local rate) or info@hertshelp.net. Alternatively visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hertswarmerhomes

Posted: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 12:26 by Town Warden

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