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npower helps Preston residents to fix heating

Poorly and cold residents in Preston are being encouraged to apply for help from a £1 million fund available for heating repairs and installations. The pot of money has been allocated by energy company npower, in order to help unwell homeowners in England and Wales get their heating working.

Over the past 16 years, people in Preston have been helped by over £920,000 worth of measures from npower’s ‘Health Through Warmth’ scheme, which supports those with long-term illnesses who are struggling in cold conditions. 

Homeowners who have a long-term illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund heating measures in their homes may be able to benefit from the scheme. They do not have to be, or become, an npower customer to receive help.

Government statistics show that many homeowners in England live without adequate heating systems or insulation, and those in poor health risk exacerbating their conditions, or contracting hypothermia. Experts advise vulnerable people not to let their home temperatures dip below 18 degrees[i].

Elizabeth Gardner, npower Health Through Warmth scheme Manager, comments: “Even though Spring is around the corner and the weather is starting to warm, it’s a good idea to get any problems with the heating fixed as soon as they occur. If you can’t afford to repair your heating and think you might be eligible, get in touch to see if we can help.”

The award-winning scheme was founded in 2000 and has helped over 68,000 households install boilers, central heating systems, cavity wall insulation and loft insulation worth more than £83 million.

For more information about the scheme, visit
www.healththroughwarmth.com or call 0800 022 220.

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[i] Temperate health guidance sourced from NHS guidelines



Notes to editors:



Health Through Warmth is an award-winning scheme set up in 2000 by npower. It aims to help residents whose health is made worse by cold living conditions due to non-existent or broken down heating systems and a lack of insulation in their homes.



Across England & Wales, the scheme works closely with health and housing statutory and community organisations, Home Improvement and Care & Repair agencies and charities to identify residents eligible for help with heating and insulation measures. 



Vulnerable residents may be eligible for help from the scheme, provided they have a long-term illness, are a homeowner, have a low household income with little or no savings (assessed) and are unable to fully fund the required heating and insulation measures themselves.




Health Through Warmth is an npower initiative and clients don’t have to be, or become, npower customers.



For more information, please contact npower PR Executive Jaime Davies at jaime.davies@rwe.com.