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A new scheme that provides free or discounted household improvements to help people stay warm in their homes has been launched by Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with all 10 district and borough councils.
In Hertfordshire, over 32,000 households are estimated to live in fuel poverty meaning they cannot afford to adequately heat their home.
Between August 2013 and July 2016, there were 1,795 excess winter deaths in Hertfordshire.
The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme aims to make homes easier and cheaper to heat by offering free or discounted energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and heating repair, or fuel switching advice to low-income households.
The scheme will be delivered by the National Energy Foundation, using funding from the national Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and some local authority contributions.
Richard Roberts, Hertfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for public health, said: “Living in a cold home can seriously affect our health. But for many people, concerns about the cost of heating a home can cause a lot of stress.
“It’s good to know that this scheme is available to make it easier and cheaper to keep homes warm when temperatures drop, helping you to live warm at home as well as reduce the cost of your energy bills.”
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