Hitting the Cold Spots: Chris’ Story

Chris lives in the family home which he inherited some years ago. Due to a health condition and low income, he had been unable to keep on top of essential repairs and maintenance over the years, and the heating in particular was in great need of an overhaul.

Chris received a letter about the Central Heating Fund and called us to arrange an assessment. One of our advisors visited him to complete an application form and to carry out an energy assessment. This showed that Chris would be eligible for a grant, which meant that his aging storage heaters could be replaced with an efficient gas central heating system.

A local Buy with Confidence contractor was selected and the funding was agreed. Within weeks, a brand new boiler, radiators and heating controls were installed. We visited Chris again to see how his home energy rating had been improved.

Chris said,

“This scheme has given me a massive boost and lift. It seemed for ages that nothing was going right for me, and I was unaware such schemes existed until you wrote to me.

You’ve given me something I could never have afforded otherwise, and you’ve improved my life no end for the winter. It’s done an awful lot for me. It’s been fantastic”

Installing gas central heating into Chris’ home improved the energy rating from an E to a high D; exceeding the average rating for homes in the UK. The change in heating system is also expected to save Chris around £374 per year on his heating bills, and now he can look forward to a warm and healthy home in the coming winters.

We are currently looking for further qualifying properties and households, so please contact the Environment Centre (tEC) for more information or to check eligibility, on Freephone 0800 804 8601 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or email staywarm@environmentcentre.com. Deadline for applications: Friday 14th October 2016.

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